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Planned Vaca Valley Volks walks

April 26-28, 2024 CVA Convention
For all planned walks in Northern California

Annual CVA Convention
26-28 April, 2024

Hampton Inn, 6248 Redwood Dr, Rohnert Park, CA 94928


You are invited to the 2024 annual California Volkssport Association (CVA) covention in Rohnert Park, sponsored by the Sonoma County Stopmers and Vaca Valley Volks.

Key Events:
Meet and Greet: Fri, Apr 26, 5-6 pm, Hampton Inn breakfast area
Delegate Registration: Apr 27, 12:30-1:00, Community Center, 5401 Snyder Ln, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
CVA Annual Meeting: Apr 27, 1-4 pm, Garden Room, Community Center, Rohnert Park
Group Dinner w/No-host bar ($ TBD): Apr 27th, 6 pm (pre-registration only) Mary's Pizza Shack, 101 Golf Course Dr, Rohnert Park,CA

TIMES: Convention check in: Hampton Inn. Start/Finish Hampton Inn Breakfast Area (pick up badges, meal tickets and walk directions)

Fri, Apr 26 - Noon-4pm
Sat, Apr 27 - 9am - Noon
Sun, Apr 28 - 9am-Noon

Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa is the largest city in Sonoma County. Admirals house Charles Schulz Museum and Snoopy Ice Arena are located here. Many art displays around town & on the Prince Greenway. Home & gardens of Luther Burbank. Courthouse Square is whole again! The courthouse was torn down due to earthquake damage. The square was split into 2 parts with a street between, but now a plaza with art. Railroad Square with landmark railway buildings from the early 1900's. Now the SMART train has a stop there on its way from Larkspur to Windsor & eventually to Healdsburg & Cloverdale. Burbank Gardens open daily. Tours are available for his home. Did you know California's Arbor Day March 7 is in honor of Luther Burbanks's birthday? You'll see some beautiful old homes & some buildings that withstood the 1906 earthquake. Even though it is considered the San Francisco Earthquake, Santa Rosa was directly on top of it according to Cal Tech seismologist Dr. Lucy Jones. Prince Greenway ( Rails to Trails) & City Hall are on the walk route, too.

Cotati, Cotati's hexagonal town plan, one of only 2 in the US was designed in the 1890's. We will be walking on a portion of the Laguna de Santa Rosa-Cotati Trail, some paved, some gravel/dirt trail. The Laguna de Santa Rosa is a 22 mile wetlands complex that drains a 254 sq mile watershed. City Hall is in an old school with the Cotati Museum next door open Saturdays 1-4pm. Downtown Cotati had the Inn of the Beginning, an old hippie era cabaret, with visiting musicians, Arlo Guthrie, Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia & Joan Baez drawing overflow crowds! The old signage may still be there. There are many restaurants in the area. The Cotati Veteran's Memorial Building is on the route, as well.

Rohnert Park, Rohnert Park is a relatively young city. Sonoma State University started in 1960 as Sonoma State College. Our walk will take you there, including the Green Music Center (Step to the Beat) & the Vietnam Veteran's Grove as well as other points of interest. The City Hall has received the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design certification. There are many walking trails which we hope you'll enjoy!

Calistoga, Calistoga "Hot Springs, Cool Wines, Warm Welcome" The trail is on residential streets, bike trails and paved roads. The walk includes country roads through vineyards and downtown Calistoga with its many shops and restaurants. Calistoga is famous for its spas and mud baths, as well as wineries. Labyrinth on Lincoln Ave near the beginning of both routes. City Hall on both routes at 1232 Washington St. Dogs are not allowed in the Calistoga Roastery. There is a variety of good restaurants-maybe even one or 2 in Zagat's Survey. Activities include Concerts in the Park,Thursday evenings, June-August. Napa County Fair and Fireworks July 4, Lighted Tractor Parade in December, Farmers Market on Saturdays all year, next to the Sharpsteen Museum-near the end of the walk!

Sonoma, Sonoma, birthplace of California's wine industry, is just 45 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Sonoma is the home of the last and most northerly of the 21 Spanish missions built by the Franciscan padres. Sonoma's 8 acre plaza is a National Historic Landmark. General Vallejo's home, the Barracks, Sebastiani Winery, cheese factories, the Sonoma Valley Visitors Center in an old Carnegie Library, and many other Wine Country businesses and historical points of interest are along the route. Sonoma-Simply Unforgettable. Sonoma Bike Path(Rails to Trails) is on route. Sonoma City Hall is in The Plaza. Dogs are not allowed in the Plaza, other parks or cemeteries. Music venues around the Plaza, and Labyrinths on Spain St.


TRAIL RATING: 1A (except Cotati 5K is a 1B)


Hampton Inn, 6248 Redwood Dr, Rohnert Park, CA 94928. Discounted room rates have been contracted: $169 for a double queen - up to 4 people for same price.; $169 for a king room (Hilton rewards apply). Call (707)-586-8700 (do not press "one" - wait on hold) and use code "SCS" for your booking. Book reservation no later than March 29th.

UPDATE: The original block of rooms at the Hampton Inn has been filled. They have given us another smaller block of rooms at a slightly higher rate-$179 King, $189 Double Queen. They have added 2 studio King rooms that have a couch bed for $229. Note that the Booking Code has changed to "SS2", Sonoma Stompers BLK2. The hotel number is 707-586-8700. Do not press 1. Wait on hold.

RVs: KOA in Petaluma, 20 Rainsville Rd, Petaluma, CA 94952, PH (707)-763-1492
Sonoma County Fairgrounds RV Park, 1500 Aston Ave.,Santa Rosa, CA 95404, Ph (707)-293-8410.

Rush Ranch Open Space

3521 Grizzly Island Road
Suisun, CA 94584

START TIME: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM




Rush to Rush Ranch Open Space and join the Vaca Valley Volks for a walk exploring a working ranch in the Potero Hills on April 13th. Rush ranch is a 2,070 acre open space working ranch that is managed by the Solano Land Trust and bordered on one side by the Suisun Marsh, a vital component of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. It features a visitors center, blacksmith shop, historical ranching equipment, birding and hiking trails.

There are three trails at Rush Ranch, all loops. The Marsh trail starts out passing a small hill topped by an overlook that provides a great 360-degree views of the surrounding area. The trail explores an area that is partly managed wetland and partly the salt marsh along Suisun Slough.Rio Vista bridgee The trail follows a man-made levee that separates the freshwater and salt marshes. The walk passes two tidal gates, which are adjusted a few times a year to manage the salinity in the managed portion of the marsh. At about halfway around the loop you came to Goat Island, a small natural island in the marsh, slightly higher than the levee. The South Pasture Trail, like its name implies, is a walk through pastureland and starts out passing through a “bone yard” of old farm equipment. This area was used by the Patwin tribe, which had a village nearby called Suisun. The walk passes by a grinding rock, more than 10 feet across, used by the Patwin people to grind nuts and grain. Near the south end of the loop there is a bench with a wonderful view of Mt Diablo. Rio Vista bridgee This loop uses a rickety elevated walkway bridge to cross Spring Branch Creek, which is nearly invisible in the driest months of the year.

The third loop, Suisun Hill Trail, starts across the street from the ranch entrance on Grizzly Island Road, and climbs up into the Potrero Hills. Just under two miles long, the walk climbs about 200 feet to the summit of the southern most of the Potero Hills for a 360-degree view taking in Grizzly Island marshes, a group of wind turbines, rolling hills and other vistas. On clear days, the view includes Mount Diablo and the Vacaville hills.

Our 11k walk includes all three loops, while the 6k is the Marsh loop and the South Pasture loop down to the grinding rock. Rio Vista bridgee

During the school year the barn and visitor center area are busy with kids on field trips, learning about acorn grinding, native plants, and the culture of the Patwin Indians. Before European settlement in California, Patwin Native Americans summered on this property for thousands of years. The Suisunes, a sub tribe of the Patwins, likely hunted tule elk, grizzly bears and waterfowl, fished in the Suisun slough, and gathered plants for food and medicine. It is estimated that there were about 2,300 Patwins living in the area of Solano County in 1800. After the walk, stop by the visitors center and view the old farm equipment.

You may participate free if no credit is desired. No refunds. The event is open to everyone.

DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON RUSH RANCH OR THE TRAILS. Water available at the Start Point, but it is a good idea to carry your own water. No Wheelchairs Stroller would be very difficult due to the uneven dirt trails and steep climb on the Hill Trial.

Directions FROM I-80: from Sacramento exit at Abernathy Rd. I-80 From Bay Area take Hiwy 12 exit. Proceed on Hiwy 12 toward Rio Vista for approximately 3 miles. Turn right onto Grizzly Island Road and continue for approximately two miles to the ranch

Rio Vista
22 April, 2023 - completed

LOCATION:Bruning Park
3rd and Montezuma Streets
Rio Vista CA 94571

START TIME: 9:00 a.m. - noon




Originally settled about 2 miles upstream in 1858, the city washed away by the flood of 1861. It was rebuilt at the current location in 1862. Rio Vista bridgee The Rio Vista Bridge is one of many drawbridges designed by Joseph Strauss, architect of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The walk goes by to a fine Rio Vista Museum downtown and alsoby a gem of a small museum, the "Dutra Museum of Dredging". The museum takes you through the Northern California history of the dredging industry and the integral role it played in reclaiming the California Delta. Rio Vista was visited by a lost humpback whale in 1985, despite being 60 miles (100 kilometers) upriver from the Pacific Ocean. The young whale, nicknamed "Humphrey", attracted throngs of curiosity seekers before he was eventually guided back to sea by rescuers.

You may participate free if no credit is desired. No refunds. The event is open to everyone.

Dogs OK with cleanup and on leash.

Directions Rio Vista is located at the intersection of Hwy 12 and the Sacramento River.
FROM I-80: take Hwy 12 East towards Stockton. At the Welcome to Rio Vista sign, go straight(bear right at the curve)onto Main Street. and turn right at 4th Street.
FROM I-5: take Hwy 12 West and cross the bridge at the Sacramento River. Take the first left to "Downtown", following Front Street to Main. Turn right on Main, then left on 3rd Street.

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