Coppertone and I chose Sonoma Overlook this weekend. The overcast weather would seem to indicate that the Overlook part of Sonoma Overlook would be somewhat wasted today given the grey skies. But we were looking to get some hiking miles in today even if we failed to be able to see much beyond an arm's length.
Knowing this trail is not terribly long we went light today and did not bother packing our normal backpacks with water bladders. We hope that having some nearby quick hikes that we can hit without much fuss and without taking much of a day would encourage us to get out more often.
We luckily snagged the last open parking space at the main trailhead and started our way uphill. Given the full parking spots there was a fair number of people on the trail but all were spread out enough such that there were ample moments of solitude and quiet to be had along the way.
We've had an early "spring" this year and some flowering plants seem to be blooming earlier than normal. We spotted what we think is the first blooming lupine of the year for us. They always remind Penny of Bluebonnets from back in Texas.
The views from the Overlook were surprisingly good given the greyness of the day. One could clearly see across the city of Sonoma and across the valley. Furthermore, one could even make out some of the skyscapers of San Francisco far to the south.
We scrambled back down to the car, went to the grocery store and did other chores for the day. Hopefully we've started to internalize that not all hikes need be outings that dominate an entire day and thus much of a weekend. In doing so we may end up hiking more.