Last week while my mother was visiting we turned a picnic to Point Pinole Regional Shoreline into an accidental 4 mile hike. I'm still getting myself familiar with the park system here. I knew I wanted to visit this park, and some part of me knew that there was a park that involved a shuttle ride, or a 2 mile hike to the pier, I just didn't put two and two together. All unpreparedness aside, this was a glorious picnic.
"... trails lead through breezy meadows with wildflowers in season, ..."
" ...through aromatic eucalyptus woods, ..."
"...or along bluffs and beaches on San Pablo Bay.""
The park has a long history. This area has been used as a war time bunker, home to a dynamite manufacturer, a Chinese fishing village, and a steel company.
Today there's a quarter mile long pier to fish from. (or run and climb on, which ever.)
The park is home to a large variety of wildlife. Over 100 species of birds can be found here, and next time we'll bring along a good bird book, and this handy list.
We had a lot of fun watching the birds, bees, and checking out the huge jellyfish that were on the shore under the dock.