As I neared the summit of Glacier Trailhead, somewhat out of breath, I saw the remains of a tree, a fitting symbol of my old age. But I made it and next time will be easier. Right?
Since I live at sea level, I don’t walk at high altitudes much . A week ago on a hike with family members I paused at 8,000-feet up. Hey, am I out of shape? Stopped for a breather, only to see a Northwestern Fritillary flitting about in an area that resembled the moon’s surface. WeContinue reading “Butterfly at 8,000-Feet”
You can’t see the danger in this photo of the path above Carmel River Beach with Point Lobos across the way…and that’s the problem. Ticks are out in full force as we weather another drought. Stay on the path, something not easy for Ivan, a long haired dog that loves to sniff all bushes. OfContinue reading “Danger Ahead”
The Carmel Mission Trail loops around a stream that meanders by vines and fallen trees. In short, it’s a jungle in there. Crews are currently cleaning up debris to reduce fire hazards during the dry season. The trail, itself, is soft with wood chips in most parts–easy on a dog’s paws.
The golden brown meadows and the deep green of the pine forest are soothing October colors at the Matris Creek Trail, Truckee, California.
A well-placed, memorial bench on the 4.3 mile Martis Creek Trail, Truckee, offers shade and a panoramic view of the Sierra flatlands.
This photo of a hiker (Anne) in Big Sur country gives the impression that she has a long, uphill climb ahead, especially with wisps of clouds over her head. But looks can be deceiving–the road and our car are over the next rise, well below the mountains.
Although it was a sunny day in May, a gentle fog rolled over the tops of hills in Big Sur–the Pacific Ocean is on the other side. Weather has always made this area magical. Consider that I had been hiking-the cooling fog was the next best thing to a shower. Peace.
On the way into a secluded redwood forest at Garrapata State Park, you have to ford seven streams and avoid poison oak, one of the few colorful plants remaining at this time of year. But the hike is always worth it, although checking for ticks is advised when done.