Hiking in a Pandemic

Being able to enjoy the outdoors almost feels forgotten. With the impact of COVID-19, we should make sure we do our part in keeping ourselves and others safe. In California, it has been an up and down battle on getting things under control. Sunday, my family and I decided that it was possible for us to get back into hiking and do our weekly walks. Of course we took precautions and followed the suggested guidelines. We had our hand sanitizers, keeping six feet apart and wearing our masks.

The Trail

We decided to go to a less strenuous trail and hopefully wasn’t too crowded. We took Rex this time, so we only managed to make it about 2 miles.There’s a variety of starting points for a nice walk. It can start from Fernandez Park in Pinole and end all the way at Pinole Shores. Or you can start at Fernandez Park and find yourself in Hercules next to Leila by the Bay Restaurant. I have only done this hike once before when it first opened up and it was beautiful. Now, almost two years later, it still is a beautiful trail and kind of maintained in this Pandemic. The trail we decided to take had the starting point of Bayfront Park. Since the tide was out, we could walk out into the bay quite a ways. It’s can be very slick, so be careful. After we walked out into the bay, we made our way over the bridge which gives you a beautiful overlook of both the bay and Mount Tamalpais. We hit our 1 mile mark on my Fitbit and turned around. We couldn’t go much further because Rex was with us and it was hot! By the time we got back to the truck it was a little over 2 miles. The trail wasn’t very crowded at all. When we did see and pass people, we all had our masks on and practiced the 6 feet social distancing rule. It was nice to be outdoors again, and even nicer that people were polite and courteous of the situation.

The new bridge on the Bay Trail.

Some Things to Bring

  • Good walking or hiking shoes.
  • Water. Always a good idea to hydrate.
  • Sunblock to protect your skin.
  • If you bring your dog, they are required to be on a leash.
  • A walking stick if you would like.
  • Masks
  • Hand Sanitizer.

Additional Info

Parking is free and doesn’t get too crowded. Because of COVID-19 the trail upkeep is a little less. Be careful of wild animals, snakes and spiders. The area is relatively safe, but make sure to lock your vehicle and keep valuables out of sight. Bring a snack and water with you. Most of all, stay safe, have fun and enjoy the outdoors. 💚

“Hiking and happiness go hand in hand or foot in boot.”

– Diane Spicer

March 25th 2020

During the Pandemic of COVID-19. It is important to stay calm and try not to be pulled into this unfortunate panic. The world is slowly going into a lock-down phase that can potentially preserve our health. One of the most basic and most important break in the chain of COVID-19 is simply washing your hands. The CDC stated in an article that, “Hand washing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Learn when and how you should wash your hands to stay healthy.” Listed below are some educational links on how to wash your hands properly and effectively. There are also educational articles about the importance of it.

Doing this one simple step can help prevent the covid-19 from spreading. Stay safe, stay healthy.

“My goal is to stay in good health, and every day, I wake up and pray that I do.”

Keala Settle

January 31st 2020

Just some food for thought. Don’t ever feel afraid or that you’re wrong to say something when you feel unsafe or uncomfortable. That is your right. Your right to feel safe in this world. One of my classmates came to me (and our group) to tell us she couldn’t do it alone and was afraid no one would believe her or she was making a big deal about it. Please, if you ever feel like that talk to someone. Were all here for you. My heart is all torn up and I’m just glad were going to be able to do something about it.

Being Prepared: Emergency Kit

The topic that has been on a lot of peoples mind and mine is: Being prepared. Being prepared doesn’t just mean one thing. It can be about being prepared for school, work or taking care of kids. In this instance the “Being Prepared” I’m talking about is Emergency Preparedness.

Emergency Preparedness:

Being prepared is always beneficial. Not only to yourself but to your family, friends, neighbors and anyone else that may need it. Disasters can strike at any time and usually they can catch us off guard. With the recent earthquakes and fires here (California), I decided to share some of my emergency preparedness “skill.” Being in EMS, working in it, working with the fire department and my military background I always have a “disaster kit” or what we call a “bug out bag.” I also have a Trauma Kit I carry in my truck with me at all times just in case something happens. For a disaster kit in any situation there are a few things that it should consist of.

Some of the items that should be included are:

  • Packing: A strong but lightweight backpack or one shouldered bag. You can find these at any sports store or superstore. The one that I have is a military backpack that is strong and dependent. It kind of looks like this one. Click Here.
  • Water: Whether it is in bottles, a canteen or water-bladder. This is beneficial because you may not have access to water for a period of time.
  • Food: Now you can pack whatever food you may like. It should be non perishable and should be able to last you a few days. The most common things I have are, granola bars, MREs, trail mix etc. Anything that you can pack a lot of with not a lot of weight. Like cans of food.
  • A first aid kit: It’s always important to have one handy for an emergency. They are useful if you, or someone else, get hurt.
  • Personal items: This can be hygiene gear and toiletries. Some extra clothing, preferably lightweight and water resistant, to help protect you from the elements.
  • Pets: If you have pets it would also benefit to keep a bag of food in there for them. An extra leash or harness and if they have meds, keep them with your emergency bag as well.
  • Electronics: This can be extra power banks for phones, Flashlights, when needed. The one I carry and love is the Streamlight. A hand crank radio is also handy to listen to the news and emergency broadcasts.
  • Medication: Any meds that you’re prescribed. Antibiotics. Make sure they go into this bag and you have a list of these medications.
  • Cash: Make sure to have some extra money ready in the bag. If there is a disaster you won’t know what it will affect or for how long.

Starting to think about becoming prepared for an emergency or disaster is the first step. Down below are some examples of how “bug out bags” are put together to get an idea.

These are just some examples of what Emergency Kits can look like. Have fun with building them. You can add whatever you would like, but make sure you have the necessities that cater to your needs. Make it a family and/or neighborhood event on Emergency Preparedness. Be safe, stay ready.

“Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have.”

– Franz Kafka

October 21st 2019

We conducted training this past weekend. During this time we talked about the current events that are affecting this Nation as a whole. One of the points they really wanted to drive into us was about our safety and the safety of this Nation. One of the key quotes that stood out from them, and that we hear time and time again is,

“If you hear something. Say something.”

Something that simple seems like people could follow through and say something that throws their red flag up. In reality a lot of people keep things to themselves because they don’t know who to tell, they’re not really sure IF they should tell or they just aren’t too bothered by it. If you have a red flag going off, your gut feeling telling you, ” something is wrong here,” don’t keep it to yourself.

10/11/19 Fire Prevention Week

A Little History Of Fire Prevention Week

President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week on October 4-10, 1925, beginning a tradition of the President of the United States signing a proclamation recognizing the occasion. It is observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls, in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began October 8,1871, and did most of its damage October 9. If you would like to read more about this and see where I found all this history just click HERE!

“Fire takes no holiday”

– Author Unknown