Sunday, April 17, 2011

Saturday In The Park (Tilden Park -Berkeley)

With our busy schedules, my husband and I can't get away on weekends even though we feel like we need to very badly. We have to run errands, clean the house and do other chores. When we have a couple hours to ourselves after all these tasks are done, we run away to the many parks near our home. After an hour or so, we find ourselves energized. Just like a trip away from home. And much, much cheaper.

P1040004
Tilden Park was the park of choice that weekend. I like the road climbing up the hill. This park is very popular with bikers.

P1040007
He parked on the side and wanted to take this path, but this was fenced in and has a NO TRESPASSING sign. He wanted us to jump the fence but I convinced him no :)

P1040013
WE stopped again by the roadside where we can sneak a peek at San Pablo Dam/Reservoir. We wanted to see whether all the rain we had this winter has raised the water level. It looked like it did, and the snow pack in the Sierra Nevada hasn't melted yet.

P1040023
WE drove and drove some more and found ourselves near the Botanic Garden. The Regional Parks Botanic Garden contains the world's most complete collection of California native plants, including rare and endangered species.
P1040027
The Botanic Garden is free of charge. It had been years and years since I last came here, not the park, but this section of the park. So I was pleased to see that nothing had changed.
P1040039
We walked and walked.
P1040102
I am partial to the redwoods section of the garden.
P1040094P1040103P1040107P1040108P1040024P1040129
It was too early in the season, but I managed to capture a few of the early bloomers.

Then there was a booming announcement overhead that can be heard all the way in the back where we were when the announcement came on. It said the garden is closing so we have to hurry back to the front.

P1040105
And so we went back on the road - not ready to go home yet.

P1040120
We found ourselves stopping at Lake Anza, where during the summertime the lake is teeming with swimmers.

P1040123
While he contemplates on the rising cost of fuel, I took a photograph.
P1040132
The trail that led us to the car.

I will share with you more Saturdays in the park in the coming days.

This is my entry for MY WORLD (#115) this week. Show your world here.

41 comments:

  1. After our big trip to Norway, Maria, we're basically staying near home for awhile, just to make sure we get through all our images before we start another outing. So I know what you mean. I love what's in your backyard, just by driving on a Saturday. Good for you. For me, I'd say the house cleaning can wait. :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. wow! the third photo actually reminded me of calaguas. oh those hills!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Now *that* was fun, I feel like I just went on a jaunt out...especially like the shot looking down over the rolling hills to the lake/res!

    ReplyDelete
  4. wow! i hope we have something like that here. love that kind of sceneries!

    ReplyDelete
  5. i'm not keen when it comes to exploring trees, what with all the lamok and whatnots, blame the pheromones. ^0^
    but when the place just spells beauty all over, you can' help but be wowed by it.
    they're enchanting! ^0^

    ReplyDelete
  6. Love those early bloomers. So nice you have all these lovely places to visit within driving distance. But agree the gas prices are out of this world!

    ReplyDelete
  7. What a fantastic park to explore. I enjoyed your photographs very much!

    ReplyDelete
  8. What a fun way to "escape" for a little while! And such a gorgeous place! Marvelous captures! I love them all! Hope you have a wonderful week! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

    ReplyDelete
  9. What a festive post.
    Lovely photos and such distinctive scenery.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Good hike!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Great post and I loved the photos. What a great place to visit, the views are very pretty. I love the Redwoods too and the flowers are gorgeous.

    ReplyDelete
  12. i'm glad the cost of fuel didn't discourage you to drive around. these are beautiful, especially the view of the dam. i love the green rolling hills. gorgeous flowers, too!

    ReplyDelete
  13. so beautiful...thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  14. So nice to see wild strawberries already in flower, they will provide a nice little snack later in the season.

    ReplyDelete
  15. a wonderful look at your world. i enjoy all your photos very much.

    ReplyDelete
  16. That looks like a beautiful area - great shots. I love how green everything is.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Fantastic photos! My favourite has to be the verdant rolling hills.
    My husband and I have the same dilemma. Finding time to just relax is a challenge, and finding a park or a place to go to is another one. We don't have parks like that in Cambodia that are a short-trip away :(

    Inside Cambodia

    ReplyDelete
  18. Wonderful place full of beautiful nature! This is the best place to relax and recharge your energy. I enjoyed tour with you. Thank you for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  19. i love the pic of your hubby looking at the water, which looked like it had ridges on it. beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  20. The Bay Area is blessed with so many wonderful regional parks I am a bit envious. They must make up a bit for the crowded cities there.
    I hope your nephew realizes his dream of being a geologist, it is a very interesting subject.

    ReplyDelete
  21. the 3rd photo looks like taken somewhere in calaguas!
    ay nako, you have no idea how hot is it here in pinas. ang init ng summer! hehe

    ReplyDelete
  22. that was lovely! visually invigorating!

    ReplyDelete
  23. What a beautiful place to re-charge your batteries!

    ReplyDelete
  24. That's surely a nice way to unwind and relax yourselves. Early bloomers' modest and quiet color and shape are welcome relief compared to the loud ones. I've enjoyed accompanying you. Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Wonderful and relaxing views of the park and very beautiful collage of flowers!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Wonderful nature - and yes, we are all contemplating the cost of fuel.

    ReplyDelete
  27. What a beautiful place to visit! My dogs would love to join on such a hike!!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Beautiful park, very scenic.

    ReplyDelete
  29. I would do the same without the bike. The drive is so scenic. Flowers gave the good promise of spring!

    ReplyDelete
  30. great captures! my fave is the rolling hills. It looks so much like Batanes. Have a good HOly Week!

    ReplyDelete
  31. the photo of the dam reminds of the Lord of the Rings, the Shire. i laughed at the photo of your hubby contemplating about rising gas prices...lol.

    ReplyDelete
  32. It's beautiful! The third shot is my favourite.

    ReplyDelete
  33. How pretty! We're lucky to have so many cool places so close by!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Lovely parks - I haven't been around to Berkeley in any of my SF trips. I think of the area being urban, but there is a lot of nature if you know where to look.

    Isn't there a botanical garden in San Francisco as well? I had hoped to get there on my last visit but the timing didn't work out.

    ReplyDelete
  35. PS I'm not so good at identifying birds I see either, but after a while I do recognize the ones I see all the time. The teals were a bit of a challenge since they aren't so common to me.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Indeed, we don't have to travel so very far to see beautiful things - even our own backyards can be a minefield of sights and experiences.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Beautiful park and scenes!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Regards.

    ReplyDelete
  38. What a great and beautiful park, it looks like mountains their, very nice. Seems that you have a lot of fun.

    ReplyDelete
  39. Buena aventura , deporte y naturaleza¡¡¡¡ Saludos

    ReplyDelete
  40. A fine series with such nice variation. I like all those attractive paths and places to walk. The flowers look so good too. Altogether... a fine post.

    ReplyDelete
  41. wonderful... one more month to go... I would be seeing these things :)

    ReplyDelete