Sunday, 3 April 2016

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve near Livermore

After a brief hiatus (we were traveling, visiting friends and family), we started our weekly hikes again yesterday with a trip to Morgan Territory Regional Preserve near Livermore. The drive till Livermore is standard freeway - but get off the freeway and the nature of the road changes drastically. The last 5 miles to the preserve are single lane - so if there is any oncoming traffic, one of the vehicles has to pull over to the side to set the other one past. And there were quite a few spots where stopping was very sketchy, to say the least!

The preserve has a big dirt parking lot, and a couple of vault toilets and a few picnic benches at the start. The hike was lovely, with rolling green hill sides, California poppies and other wildflowers blooming with abandon. Since we were starting again after a biggish break (almost 2 months), we took it easy and did one of the smaller loops (we probably walked less than 2 miles, but it was up and down walking and the 6 y.o. was looking tired at the end). On the way, we walked through terrain like this on the Volvon trail:



On the way back, we walked along the Condor trail which was very different from the fire road that was Volvon trail. We also passed rocks with holes in them, where the native Volvon tribes ground acorns long ago.


The wild flowers were blooming - not everywhere, as we have seen at Ano Nuevo, but we still got to see:




All in all, a lovely hike on a lovely day and an excellent way to get back to our weekly hiking :)

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