Novato Indian Valley Open Space Preserve

Sights and Sounds of Novato’s Indian Valley Open Space Preserve, April 8, 2014

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Novato Indian Valley Open Space Preserve

I was kind of having a mini-meltdown this morning. I didn’t sleep well at all last night (I’ve started getting into Audible audio books and, anyway, long story), and the neurons just weren’t firing, so after struggling for two hours to string two coherent sentences together, I said, “Screw this! I need a break.”


So I drove a mile down the street to the Indian Valley Open Space Preserve, where I go sometimes when I’m feeling overwhelmed.

It’s awful perty out there…

Novato Indian Valley Open Space Preserve

Novato Indian Valley Open Space Preserve

Novato Indian Valley Open Space Preserve

I was only there for 10 minutes, but dang if those 10 minutes didn’t really help. I recorded this little audio clip with my phone. This is how the preserve sounds…

Novato Indian Valley Open Space Preserve

Novato Indian Valley Open Space Preserve

I would love to be able to take Tabs there for walks, but people take their dogs there, too, and I wouldn’t want to risk an off-leash run-in.


It’s so funny… Tabs thinks he’s a tough little lion, but he so could not hang on the preserve at night. We have lots of coyotes here, bobcats, raccoons and possibly black bears and mountain lions.

He’d be like, “Hey, guys, how’s everyone doing?” And they’d be looking at him like a plump snack.

Novato Indian Valley Open Space Preserve

I bet the folks in that house up there have a REALLY nice view…

Novato Indian Valley Open Space Preserve


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  1. Jen says:

    Beautiful area, beautiful day! It’s funny how 10 minutes outside in a sunny, pretty, and relaxing spot can totally redirect the day.

  2. Kwmechelle says:

    So wish I lived some place this beautiful & scenic. Loved the sounds. Makes me miss my rural town upbringing 🙂

  3. Kwmechelle says:

    This is so beautiful! Listening to the sounds makes me miss my rural, small town upbringing. Getting outdoors to enjoy nature is a favorite past time 🙂

  4. Sylirael says:

    Absolutely beautiful 🙂 Sometimes, a little dose of nature is just what you need!
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  5. Sam says:

    It’s amazing how being in nature can completely change your mood. After a long night at work that recording is so relaxing it could put me to sleep lol
    I hope you’re able to keep a clear mind 🙂 I love reading your blog! I think it’s written beautifully and your personality is the reason that I think it’s so great! You’re upbeat and you always have really interesting reviews. I think it’s inspiring to read your posts because you have such a positive and refreshing outlook on things 🙂

  6. Such beautiful views! I hope you’ve enjoyed your time, and it’s a shame that you can’t bring Tabby-cat with you 😉
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  7. Kim says:

    It looks like a great place and it’s terrific that it’s so close by. I’m glad you got out and about, and that it helped. 🙂

  8. Casey says:

    Wow, that place looks so beautiful! Even that short clip was so relaxing to listen to 🙂 I’m going to school in a city right now… I wish I had a little slice of nature to escape to!

  9. Iris says:

    Gorgeous scenery. There’s so much green. 🙂
    Take care.

  10. The place is so calm, serene and lovelyy.. a great way to distress!!
    Yeahh taking Tabs along could be fun but risky too.. 🙂
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  11. Bella says:

    Thanks for sharing this; enjoyed it so much!!! Hope you’re full of zen and inspiration again :).

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