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.