Hiking Redwood Regional Park + Café Main Pizza
Yet another weekend has seem to have flown by. How does this keep happening?
Besides it being sweltering hot outside (high of 102°F), we had a great weekend.
It started out on the upside when I scored a major deal on California grown, organic red grapes Friday afternoon at Whole Foods.
They were so nice and plump too. Gaaah, I love fresh produce.
And if you follow me on Instagram then you might have seen that we were able to get in a hiking trip with Coco on Saturday which made her so very happy.
We didn’t have a whole lot of time to travel far, so we stuck to the East Bay area and explored Redwood Regional Park in Oakland.
There are a multitude of trails to choose from and we chose to do the Eastbay Skyline National Trail (West Ridge to East Ridge Trail) which is just shy of 4 miles, round trip.
Thankfully, the trail started out beneath the trees so we were in the shade for the majority of the time in the beginning of the hike.
After a few minutes of walking, the trail opens up to a view of the canyon and the hills in the background.
Including Mount Diablo, the tallest peak in the East Bay area.
The trail we were on permitted dogs to be off leash and Coco loved having the freedom to run around and explore.
However, she continued to walk right along the edge of the canyon while peering downhill with curiosity which gave us both intermittent heart palpitations.
It was hard to capture a picture that demonstrates how steep the slope really was but trust me, it would have definitely done some damage had she fallen.
She is a very clumsy dog and is easily distracted by moving objects (squirrels, birds, etc.) so we decided not to take any chances and put her back on her leash until we were at a lower elevation.
As the trail continued, there was plenty of nice scenery to enjoy.
And this plant which almost looked like cotton from afar.
We couldn’t figure out what it was.
A little over half way through the hike, the trail led down into the canyon.
We had to stop several times along the way to hydrate Coco and let her rest.
I managed to find a cozy rock to rest on as well.
Of course, there was a lot of steep climbing as the hike ascended back up to the top but Coco kept on like a trooper!
At the top there is a bench to rest on with another great view of the trees and the canyon.
And eventually, down the trail there are more beautiful views of the hills.
Unfortunately, my pictures just don’t do the view justice but it was a really nice hike.
After almost 4 miles and close to 3 hours, we were all pretty tired so we stopped by one of my favorite pizza places, Café Main, to pick up a thick crust veggie pizza for dinner.
I also threw together a few mixed green and kale salads to go with and it was the perfect meal to end a long day.
The barbeque on Sunday also went really well, minus sweating our booties off. I ended-up making a side item/appetizer that I was very pleased with and I plan to post the recipe on here this week.
Well, Brandon’s at work for the rest of the evening so I’m off to make myself a vegetarian BLT with tempeh bacon (while Coco stares at me) and pack my lunch for tomorrow before I call it a night.
Have a great Monday!
What’s your favorite meal after a long and tiring day? Do you prefer thick crust or thin crust pizza?