Day of the Dead Cemetery Walk

Today local historian and Sonoma Overlook Trail Steward, Fred Allebach, led local Sonomans through the Mountain Cemetery on a “Day of the Dead” Walk. He shared fascinating stories and lively lore that he “dug up” through the years. There were homemade cookies and freshly made Sonoma cider to fuel the walkers. Proceeds from the event (over $1,750) go towards improvements on the Overlook Trailead and the Kiosk. The trail is solely supportd by private donations.

Fred Allebach telling a “Grateful Dead Story”

Sonoma Raceway Hike

The Sonoma Raceway Hike this past Saturday was a big success. Fifty hikers came to enjoy the beautiful vista view and companionship of other hikers.  $2,600 was raised for trail maintenance and rehab. (You may have noticed that the trail was recently repaired. It now has better footing and easier grades for all age groups.) A huge thank you to Sonoma Raceway for opening up the back acreage for hiking and morning coffee and refreshments. Also, thanks to the volunteers that came early in the morning to set up the hike and take registrations… and lead the hike. Mother Nature played along with a gorgeous day!

Sonoma Raceway
“Night Watchman” watching over the sheep
Bay view hike
Hikers enjoying the Bay view
Sonoma County Hills
Boxes of bees

Season of Joy. . . and Thanks

Before you hit the trail, check out the Hikers Gallery at the kiosk for gratitude quotes from Overlook Trail Hikers.

“What a way to top off a great trip to Sonoma, 25th anniversary!” 

“Being in the moment with family & friends is pure love. Nature is a part of our soul.”

“What you see is what you get. And what you get is awesome.”

“My husband and I both survived traumatic health issues. Coming to the lookout is the best way for

us to celebrate and conquer.”

You, Overlook Hikers, have been writing in the Hikers Notebooks for nearly 20 years! Go to our past blogs for more Gratitude quotes that Roy has posted from the Hikers Notebooks. 

And while you are at the top, write YOUR thoughts in the notebook. . . .It’s on the stone bench at the top of the trail.

Congratulations Roy Tennant

During a packed outdoor event at Hanna Boys Center on Oct. 10, the Sonoma Valley Fund recognized dozens of volunteers for their contributions to local charities. Sonoma Overlook Trail Steward Roy Tennant was honored as A Star Volunteer.

For over 10 years, Roy Tennant has spent thousands of hours fervently tending the Overlook Trail, the Montini Open Space Preserve, and Sugarloaf Ridge Regional Park. He regularly posts blogs and keeps us all current on the seasonal changes on the Overlook trail and other goings on.

To read more go to

https://www.sonomanews.com/article/lifestyle/honoring-the-star-volunteers-of-the-valley/

The Sonoma Valley Stars for 2021, at Hanna Boys Center on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021. (Photo: Melania Mahoney)