Easy Stroll, Killer Whale ... and grocery shopping

Sidewalk
The trail along Highway 116 is little more than a sidewalk, but does provide wider views of the surrounding vineyards and orchards.
User: Austin Explorer - 2/18/2019

Location: West County Regional Trail

Rating: 2stars
Difficulty: 1star  Solitude: 1star
Miles Hiked: 4.70 Miles  Elapsed Time: 1 hour, 57 minutes

Comments:

Coppertone and I were eager to get a bit of mileage in and start building up our legs for more serious hiking when the weather turns nicer.  After so much rain, the fact that the trail surface here was paved meant we didn't need to worry about getting mired in the muck.

This is mostly an old rail line, so the path is made up of large straight segments with little elevation gain.  The first segment was heavily covered by trees and neighborhoods crowded in from both sides.  We unexpectedly came across a Killer Whale adjacent to the trail.  The fiberglass or plastic Orca head was a surprise to us.  A child passing by with his mother obviously knew about it as he anxiously waited for it to come into view.

Once the trail ran into Highway 116 it became more of a sidewalk.  Though the traffic here is a negative, there were now more open views into the orchards and other agricultural fields that started to dot the landscape.

Along the way we encountered Andy's Market, an open air produce supplier with a large grocery selection as well.  We're both gluten free and their selection here of those items was excellent.  We ended up stopping for lunch on the way back and then driving back after our walk to purchase groceries before heading home.

We turned around when the trail ran into Occidental Road.  At this point the trail would have followed the road for over a half mile before turning into more of a proper trail.



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