Jenner Headlands Preserve, Sonoma Coast (August 24, 2019)

Jenner Headlands Preserve, Sonoma Coast (August 24, 2019)

  • Author: Adele Grunberg
  • Date Posted: Aug 25, 2019
  • Address: Jenner, California

Today is my seventieth birthday. There, I’ve said it. I have to admit, it’s a number that has been difficult to embrace. I gave some thought to going somewhere special, and in the end, I did. Right here in California.

Juliet planned a surprise hike to a place neither of us had been before. We left the house at 6:15 this morning. With Juliet dictating directions, I drove two hours north from Oakland to the Sonoma Coast. We arrived in dense fog, just as the ranger opened the gate.

Juliet didn’t tell me how long the hike would be or how far. A good thing because had she done so, I undoubtably would have protested!

It was indeed long and far. We came out from under the fog into blazing sunshine, the earth parched, the grasses golden, typical California landscape at this time of year.

The goal was the summit of Mt. Pole, a rather uninspired name for a mountain, I must say, but the view was dazzling in every direction. There were many ups and downs, the elevation gain more than thirty-six hundred feet. After more than fifteen miles and almost eight hours, we happily returned to the car, took off our boots and drove home, admiring the coastline, tired and fulfilled. It was a birthday to remember.



  1. Happy Birthday!!! Glenn will be 70 on November 14 and I will 70 next year (March 16.) This sounds like a good trip for us!

  2. Happy Birthday Adele. We are right behind you in age hiking up the “hill of life.” Love that Juliet picked the new Jenner Headlands Preserve hike to dedicate your special day. Enjoy!

  3. Happy Birthday, Adele! I’m coming up on the same embrace in November! Cheers to you for a exciting year of happiness and adventure.

    • What an inspiration you are. Here’s to more decades of fun and adventure. Sue

  4. Happy Birthday, Adele! Sounds like you had a wonderful and perfect celebration with your lovely daughter.

  5. Adele! You look so great! So great to see you and Juliet doing what you do best together!

    Adele, is this preserve named after James Jenner by chance? If that’s the case I have a story for you! Involving Martin of course!

  6. Happy 70th, Irma! Very impressive to do a 15-mile hike on your 70th! So glad you and Juliet had a wonderful time. Love the photos!

  7. Happy birthday, Adele! It was so nice to see you and Juliet at Newfound earlier this month!

  8. Happy Birthday! A very impressive way to celebrate!

  9. Wow, wow, wow!! What a wonderful postcard and what a wonderful gift Adele! The gift of time together in a wonderful spot for you and Juliet and a gift to all of us who get to live vicariously through you via your postcards. Happy Birthday to you!!
    All the best to you, always.

    p.s. A much warmer experience than our Churchill experience that is for sure 🙂

  10. Happy Birthday and welcome to the Club. Great photos

  11. You just proved that 70 is just a number! Happy birthday, dear friend!

  12. Happy birthday dear friend! You are Inspiring us and loving life! Xoxo

  13. Way to go for such a youthful 70 year old.. much love. Miss8 g you here in the White Mountains.

  14. Happy belated birthday. You look fit and fantastic and obvious you are !

  15. Hi Adele????????

    You’re 70 this year and will be 17 next year:) haha! You’re so amazing and thank you for being such an inspiration!

    Let’s get together in early November when I get back from China.

  16. Hell Adele, Happy Birthday and Welcome to the 70s! The Sonoma hike looks wonderful and what a fulfilling way to celebrate.

  17. Wow, Happy Birthday Adele! You are an inspiration.

  18. Wonderful way to spend any birthday, let alone a milestone! So good to see you at Newfound Lake. Look forward to seeing you ne t year!

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