Trail Talk is a fun new series that we are starting this year to discover "new-to-us" areas to walk the dogs. We're making an effort to get outdoors and get more exercise with the added bonus of exploring more of the East Bay to see what safe, dog friendly trails are available. Hopefully you'll see a trail that you like and it will inspire you to check it out also! It's getting a little boring going to the same dog park every week and I think this will entertain and challenge the dogs a bit more. Also, with Foyle's health and legs not being at 100% we're looking for flatter and shorter walks so we can still get him out and keep him mentally stimulated.Our first walk in the series was here in Richmond to see the Rosie the Riveter Memorial.
Richmond was the center of ship building during WWII and a lot of it was due to the women in the area who persevered and proved that they could work and build ships as well as men. It's a true inspiration to read about their dedication to the cause and their need to push through stereotypes of the time to take care of themselves and their families. Rosie the Riveter Memorial was designed by Cheryl Barton and Susan Schwartzenberg to honor these women and it was interesting to read all about their efforts. We actually met two "Rosies" at the SS Red Oak Victory dedication last year!
The pathway is part of the Marina Bay Park and the Richmond Bay Trail which parallels a majority of the bay. It's a wide, paved path that is mainly flat dotted with large open spaces to run your dog in. (Dogs need to be on leash at all times) It's perfect for a short walk, but if you are up for a long, leisurely walk then this is the place for you! Bicyclists are allowed on the trail but speeds are restricted and the people we met were very nice about going around the dogs or slowing down. There are a few restrooms in the park and a deli and restaurant in case you get hungry. We met a few of the locals and it sounds like it is a pretty popular place to go which is great because you can walk in packs (no pun intended) which always makes it a bit safer. (We do live in Richmond after all and as much as I love living here it is always smart to be alert and prepared, but that also goes for every city and town) If you are interested in architectural history this trail also goes by the newly restored Craneway Pavilion which was the former Ford Assembly Plant. So, if you're looking for some history along with your dog walk then this is a great place to check out.