A well deserved award, “Sonoma Valley Star Volunteer” was presented to Joanna Kemper today at the 11th Annual Celebration for Star Volunteers at Hanna Boys Center, hosted by the Sonoma Valley Fund.
Joanna was the leader of the Sonoma Overlook Trail Stewards for over 9 years, providing guidance, support, and vision to the all-volunteer group that maintains and manages the trail. She’s been a key player in intiating and completing the recent rehabilitation and restoration of the trail. She’s still involved with the trail, providing support and energy to events, trail work and leadership.
It’s a lively group that hikes on Wednesday mornings.
Come join us–we meet at the trailhead kiosk at 8:30am.
Come out and help the Sonoma Ecology Center maintain the trails of Montini Preserve with the restoration team. Bring gloves, hat, and water that you can carry hands-free (i.e. bring a backpack). Wear long pants, boots or sturdy shoes and sunscreen. Poison oak is present, so long sleeves are suggested. We have tools and trained staff with tasks for all. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. We will provide tools and refreshments for volunteers.
No RSVP required. Meeting at 4th Street Kissing Gate (cross-street is Haraszthy) at 9:30am on Oct. 12th.
Jeff Falconer led a group of hikers on Sunday on a silent hike to the top of the Overlook Trail where the mindful walkers enjoyed the sweeping view with a deep calm.
Jeff started the hike by suggesting the hikers combine awareness of breath, body in motion, and enjoy the natural surroundings for an enhanced experience.
If you’d like more information about enhancing your hikes with the discipline of meditation Jeff’s newly published booklet on Walking Meditation is available for purchase at Readers Books.
Join us for a Meditation Hike on the Overlook Trail, Sunday, July 28, 5:00pm – 7:30pm
Led by Jeff Falconer. Cost: Free! No Registration or Reservation Needed
Meet at the Sonoma Overlook Trailhead Kiosk
198 1st St. West at the entrance to Mountain Cemetery
The everyday activity of walking, combined with an awareness of one’s breath, one’s own body in motion, and one’s surroundings, can quickly reward the mindful walker with a deep calm and increased sense of belonging in the natural world.
Please join us as we explore this lovely activity on a relaxed 2.5 mile loop hike to the top of the Overlook Trail to enjoy the sunset and light refreshments afterwards. Your guide, Jeff Falconer, will begin the journey with a brief overview of Walking Meditation, followed by a short standing meditation to ground and center us before embarking.
Jeff has practiced meditation for many years. He spent time at an ashram, a spiritual hermitage, in India in the early 1970’s, is also a Tai Chi enthusiast, and an avid… mostly mindful… hiker. Jeff’s newly published booklet on Walking Meditation will be available to purchase to guide your personal journey after the hike.
Photo from last year’s meditation hike
Our community hikes on Wednesdays are becoming more popular. Come and join us for a refreshing, invigorating hike to the top of Overlook Trail and enjoy the view. . . .and maybe make your entry into the Hikers Notebook that’s up there. (Read about the notebook in this blog–Roy is pulling out great quotes and stories from nearly 20 years of notebooks).
Meet at the Overhead Trailhead Kiosk at 8:30am every Wednesday.
View from the top–last week’s hikers. . . before coffee!
We had a lot of smiling hikers this past Saturday at the Sonoma Raceway.
Huge thanks to Steve Page, CEO of Sonoma Raceway, who led a large group of 5 mile hikers and Chelsea Lazzari also with the Raceway, led another group of 3 mile hikers. This is the 4th year Sonoma Raceway has opened up the “back country” of the Raceway to host hiking and to support the Overlook Trail.
We enjoyed having glorious weather, seeing woolly weeders and baby wooly weeders, and of course everywhere there were jaw dropping views.
There were over 100 hungry hikers that enjoyed a generous lunch provided by Levy Restaurant.
Thanks to Hope Nissan for organizing the day, Connie Bolduc for making registration so easy, and the many volunteers that helped with the hiking, parking, and welcoming.
Most of all thanks to the hikers who support the Overlook Trail! With your help the trail is maintained and kept in tip top shape as our local treasure.