Tuesday, March 4, 2014

on the rinconada trail

We a-go-gos managed to get up for a hike after not hiking for far too long. We drove up to Santa Margarita and along highway 58 to the Rinconada Trail in the Los Padres National Forest. it's not difficult (I could muster it...somewhat) but it does start you off going up, up, up. Phew!

This was before the rain so who knows what it looks like right now. I like the colors in the grass. With all the up, up, up it was nice to have a few resting places for those of us with sad lungs.
 We didn't continue once we hit this summit of sorts. It was a bit gustier than usual and my wheeze was a bit wheezier. It was beginning to warm up and well...I got hungry.
 Eee! I love fat little acorns. There were acorns everywhere and surprisingly we did not hear many birds. Go figure.
 The gate was locked but you can step through on the left there. Just past the gate is where the big oak tree was. It was open and really pretty. Windy and gusty as well but really pretty.
The view as you near the top is ridiculously pretty. This is not a summertime hike as there is not much trail shade. We did this hike two weeks ago and it got warm even though it was a bit early in the morning. I got a bit too much glare in the photos but it was clear enough to see layers and layers of hills, valleys, and trees. Going back down was actually more trying for me than going up. It is semi-steep, easy to traverse, not too much loose rock...I just have middle-aged knees. Once we made it back to the small parking lot, we refilled out water bottles and headed out for a breakfast burrito from Frank's in SLO.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

wintering monarchs are hiding in los osos!


 
 
 
 
 
 
We had an end of the year visit from L.A. friends who mange to hit our town once or twice a year. Even so, they had never been out to Los Osos or Morro Bay and so we packed them into the back of Eleanor and headed out. Our first stop was a wee grove of eucalyptus in the tiny town of Los Osos to see if there were any monarchs in residence. The numbers here tend to be very low but this was the first time I saw more than a handful. If you stand still long enough you realize you are surrounding by the pretties. Even when the butterflies are not in residence, this wee grove marks a pretty path that heads out towards the morro bay sand dunes.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

we failed to tell you we hit the road this summer


We did! We drove up to Florence, Oregon, then back to California where we camped at Burney Falls then we drove into Nevada to visit family in Reno and then we drove home to California. It was a shorter trip than last summer but still longer that a weekend getaway. We'll be posting a few photos soon...I hope.

Monday, April 8, 2013

fiscalini wander

 
 
 
 
 
A wander through Fiscalini Ranch in Cambria can be as easy a wander as you like. If not pressed, one can wander the criss-crossing paths for miles. The ocean view, breeze, and air is gorgeous. The pine trees are delightful (save for the pollen flying around), and if you look carefully there are all sorts of critters to be seen. We'll return again in the fall and winter when the green turns to brown and the mushrooms burst out of the ground.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

oh potwisha....


We spent Turkey Day with family in Sequioa National Park. Potwisha is a favorite place. Easy to wander, pretty to boot. If you go, please remember to walk out with what you walked in with. There is sadly far too much litter left behind. Watch out for bears! 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

the summer road trip

We managed a two week road trip across and through six states. Here's a wee peek until we can find the time to write more.

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