I’ve pedaled past Helen Putnam Regional Park without stopping. I’ve pedaled into the parking lot and utilized the restrooms. But never have I bicycled through HPRP.

It’s a relatively small, busy park on the edge of Petaluma, known mostly for hiking rather than biking. But I decided to give it a try today in more unseasonably warm and dry conditions. The temperature climbed into the 80s. (Today hit a record high of 85° for this date in Santa Rosa, 20 degrees above the average high.) The trails were dusty instead of muddy. Some of them were too steep to ride up or down, even though they were comparatively smooth and free of rocks. Quite a few people and quite a few dogs. Some interesting views. Some great trees for climbing.

As to this month’s Challenge, I never really chose any music. Driving to the park, I turned on the KRSH to see if anything might hit the spot. The first song I heard was Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon,” which is a big favorite for me and my ace support crew. (It probably meant more to Neil and his wife before he left her for Daryl Hannah.) But I never could get a decent photo of the pale moon, washed out by brilliant sunshine; and besides, it’s not harvest time. While climbing trees in the park, I starting humming “Apeman” by the Kinks, which always happens when I climb trees. But that didn’t really work either. So I’ll need to postpone musical accompaniment for another ride.

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7 response to "HPRP"

  1. By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: March 4, 2020

    Even if you didn’t get lots of distance on the trails, the photos were great. Loved the Apeman tree climber pic especially. Those are some sturdy lookin’ oaks that have no doubt survived many years of apemen climbing all over them. Great views from the rooftop of the park, too. Surprised to see that much greenery on the hills without homes built up. Nice!

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: March 6, 2020

      To my taste, Helen Putnam doesn’t quite measure up to most of the other regional parks, but it’s right outside Petaluma, making it convenient and popular for folks who live there. The park also provides a boundary to prevent the city from expanding in that direction. That’s a two-edged sword. It prevents developers from swallowing up open space, but also contributes to housing shortage (and astronomical home prices). Nothing comes easy, nothing comes free.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: March 6, 2020

      I think the trees are the best part of the park. But if she had seen me climbing them, my ace support crew would have had a fit.

      • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: March 8, 2020

        Well. considering this is Women Appreciation Day . . . . . . . . 😉

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