VACAVILLE — With sunny skies overhead, Solano County residents found solace at Lagoon Valley Park.
Known for its goose pond, dog park and winding trails, the 470-acre space saw scattered traffic Saturday as hikers, bicyclists and pet owners spent the morning enjoying the warm temperatures.
“It’s been fabulous,” said horseback rider Kim Simons, of Vacaville. “We need the rain, but I’m not going to complain about getting out in good weather.”
Simons and her friend Tiffany Mestas, of Fairfield, were tacking up a pair of quarterhorses for a morning ride through the hills.
“I’m just trying to get her in condition,” said Mestas of her 8-year-old mare, Beamer, which will compete in a Corning barrel-racing competition next week.
“It’s nice to get her out and long-trot,” said Mestas. ”It’s good for their minds to get out and do something other than the usual work pattern,” she said.
Tied to a horse trailer, Beamer – grunting and gyrating – seemed raring to go.
It wasn’t long before Mestas and Simons took Beamer as well as Frankie, a 14-year-old paint, to the trailhead. Meanwhile, Fairfield resident Jim Bailey was sporting a pet of a different color.
Perched on a stick and leashed to its owner, Simone, a severe macaw, was out for a walk.
“She likes to get out,” said Bailey, who was strolling with a friend.
“She’s like a dog, or any other pet, or a kid,” he said.
Bailey got the parrot in 1998. He originally named the bird Simon until he learned it was a female – Simone will turn 16 in February.
“She’s affectionate at times, loud at other times,” he said.
Following Bailey’s command of “pretty bird,” the mostly green parrot showed off its wings, which were turqouise on top and red underneath. Bailey said the bird has 11 to 13 colors.
While a red-tailed hawk circled overhead, Bailey and his bird continued the ascent into the hills. The group, which included Santa Rosa resident Jennifer Robertson, started their hike at the parking lot near the pond, where a nearby dog park appeared as popular as the trails.
Siblings Sarah and Justin Lisenko, of Vacaville, watched as two of their family dogs romped with a mix of large- and small-breed animals. Buddy, a 9-year-old Labrador retriever, and Roxie, a 14-month-old terrier mix, were keeping busy in the 30,000-square-foot dog park.
“Look at how happy Buddy looks today,” said Sarah Lisenko, 17. “I’ve never seen him like this.”
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