The Week’s Walk Destination
Come “Walk ‘n’ Talk” together at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park this Saturday, May 25, with optional no-host brunch afterwards at Mel’s Diner in Livermore
Once a year, Walk Star (volunteer leader) Dolores Bengtson takes us to the only East Bay Regional Park in Pleasanton to view the island rookery where herons, cormorants, and snowy egret build their nests. We should see some fluffy chicks being tended by their parents. This is a good time to bring along binoculars, if you have them.
Shadow Cliffs Regional Park is located at the eastern edge of Pleasanton, at 2500 Stanley Boulevard. Turn into the park at the traffic signal. At the base of the hill is a ranger station where each car pays a $6 parking fee, which goes toward maintenance of this special, 266-acre park right in our own backyard, created from a former gravel quarry.
From the ranger’s booth, drive ahead to the T-intersection and turn right to the next T-intersection, where you will turn left to follow signs to the boat-launching area. We will meet in the parking lot at the base of the levee, near the public restroom.
Allow 90 minutes for this walk, which includes bird-watching, plus a tree-shaded walk by the water (if the trail has re-opened after recent storm damage). The levee is unshaded, so this is a good time to wear a hat and/or sunglasses. By next year, there may be a completed information center, which is in the planning stages (thanks to Nancy & Gary Harrington).
For those who work up an appetite, there will be a no-host brunch after the walk at nearby Mel’s Diner in Livermore – a nostalgia trip for those of a certain age.
As always, we encourage you to wear comfortable shoes and to dress in layers for the changing temperature. We walk rain or shine…unless the rain is blowing sideways. (As of this writing, NO rain is forecast.)
Walk Calendar – May & June
May 25 = Walk Star Dolores Bengtson will take us on our annual bird-watching walk at Shadow Cliffs Regional Park, where there is an island rookery . We should see cormorant osprey, and heron parents and hatchlings. Bring binoculars! Please note that there is $6 parking fee (which helps support this wonderful 266-acre park). 9:00-10:30 a.m. Optional no-host brunch afterwards at Mel’s Diner in Livermore.
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Your Own Pedometer Walking Program
Starting a walking program is an easy and fun activity. Like anything else that we really want to do, it is best to set a time to walk so that you don’t allow other things to crowd out your walking time. Mr. Pedometer suggests using a pedometer to track your steps and measure your activity time. He says to wear your pedometer for a week and go about your regular routine. Write down your steps and activity time each day. At the beginning of the second week, increase your steps by 20% and work your way up each week until you are walking 6000-10,000 steps a day. 10,000 Steps-a-day is the recommended step count to maintain good health.
It is always more fun to walk with people, so find a walking buddy or look for walking groups in your community. If that doesn’t work, consider starting your own walking group. (See information on how to start your own walking group below). Walking and talking makes the time fly by and being outdoors helps you relax and unwind all while getting in your steps.
If you would like to use a pedometer to track your steps and activity time, go to Pedometer.com and check out the catalog. There are also some great articles on the site on how to get started on your walking journey to a healthier life style.
Start Your Own Walking Group
If you are interested in starting a World Walk to Wellness walking group in your community, email us at walks@WorldWalktowellness.org and we will send you information on how to get started and post your group in our weekly newsletter.
Become part of a worldwide effort to encourage people to connect with each other through walking groups and become more active for a healthier, active lifestyle.