Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife RefugeI’m getting unmotivated for hikes. It rained yesterday in the early morning so tennis was cancelled. I didn’t know that until I hung out for a bit on an empty court. So I was dressed and I didn’t want to go anywhere near the coast or places with pumpkin patches. I settled on Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge which is just across the Dumbarton bridge (the one right below the San Mateo Bridge).

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Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge-3It was written as an easy 6 miler, all along trails through the marshlands. Did you remember the part where I said it rained? I obviously didn’t. I took my shoe photo when it was still cute and fun mud. Then it got slippery, then it threatened to take my whole shoe and foot complete with sinkholes. So I turned back not willing to sink into the bay for some mileage.

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge-4Obviously a lot of the inland stuff was kind of dry and manageable but I felt defeated. I didn’t want to do much and I was just having a rough day. There was mental soul searching going on and I didn’t like where it was going. Hah! Anyway, I headed back to the hill to where the dog walkers and families were.

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge-5I don’t know if it is generally this empty, it’s a free park.  Coyote Hills is down the road and they have a parking fee (and a lot more picnic room). I’ll definitely go back to try the 6 miles as soon as things dry out. The views were pretty, but it’s kind of noisy so I had to use both my earbuds.

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