If you haven’t been to Hood Mountain Regional Park in a while, now is the time to go. The Pythian Road entrance of the 1,750-acre preserve on the edge of the Sonoma Valley recently reopened for the first time since the October 2017 wildfire, and its landscape offers a unique look at the ferocity and resiliency of nature. Hood Mountain enthusiasts will be relieved to see that their beloved getaway is not ruined, but regenerating – undergoing a “renovation” of sorts.
Nature can be formidable and challenging, as the Sonoma County wildfires reminded us. But nature also can be a resource for health and healing. More and more, science bears that out. Reflecting on that evidence, Sonoma County Regional Parks is launching Nature Heals, free monthly sessions that support community wellness through yoga, art, poetry, and meditation in the parks.
Sonoma County’s forests, woodlands, shrub lands and streamsides already have a plan for recovery after the fires. In fact, they’ve planned for this wildfire disaster for a long time. And they have bounced back from many fires over thousands of years.
Most people agree that spending time in parks is good for your health. But the experience of one Santa Rosa couple suggests that visiting parks is good for your love life too.
Thinking about camping in Sonoma County this summer? If so and if you want to nab the best spot, reserve your campsite today. The earlier you reserve, the better your chance of ending up with a campsite that matches your needs.
From beginning rides at parks like Helen Putnam in Petaluma or Foothill in Windsor to epic climbs at Hood Mountain or the rocky singletrack at Annadel, this list will get you on the trails.
Summer on the Russian River. ... It's an iconic Sonoma County experience on this beautiful warm-weather playground. However, playing in the river is not without risk. So at the risk of sounding like your mom, we ask you to please be safe out there.
Imagine straddling a tipping and turning wine barrel in the middle of the Russian River, trying not to fall off while propelling yourself forward and around a buoy with a canoe paddle. Get the picture? It's not easy to do, but we suggest you try it at the Healdsburg Water Carnival.
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