Friday, January 8, 2010

A Hike Through Shiloh Canyon + George Winston











Aloha Friend,



Please come and join my friend's Julie and Christiane and myself on a hike through the Sonoma hills up in Shiloh's wine country. To set the mood, go ahead and click on the you tube link below of George Winston's Blossum/Meadow, which is a perfect complement to our hike....okay, its time to start our walk.







We are going to climb first so it will be a nice workout, but I promise the views up on top will be worth the effort, plus we are getting a head start with our work out resolutions for the year.  Wow, I forgot how steep this trail is.












Theres a little canyon area that we have to cross before we get to the top and it has some beautiful gnarly oak trees, hardy manzanita shrubs and lots of wild ferns, watch out for the poison oak.


























We are getting very close to the top, its a clear day so we should be able to see all the way through the various vineyards below and down to the ocean.


















That was a fantastic fast hike to the top, now we can take our time going down and visit a pond so we can throw some sticks for Daisy.





















Oh this is Daisy's favorite pond and she just loves to fetch, I just hope I can find a large stick this time.







Okay Daisy this is the last time, I've already tossed this out to you more than enough, can you please shake yourself away from me please?



























Well, we are almost at the end of our hike, there should be a clearing coming up soon and we will reach the valley floor down to the parking lot.











Here we are finally back down to the bottom, what a spectacular day, you couldn't have asked for a better morning to do a hike. It was actually a very warm day today considering how the temperature drops down to the 30's at night time and it must be already 70 degrees this morning.


That was fun, thanks for joining us on our hike today.

12 comments:

Carol said...

Wonderful walk Noel! I love the photos of the moss covered trees and your last one here is stunning. Sweet doggie too!

Liza said...

That looks like such a nice place to hike! Thanks for sharing!

evolutionofagardener said...

Those trees are fabulous! What a fun day you must have had. :)

Joanne said...

I really enjoyed the walk and the music, lovely trees and even my Lyme legs could manage without any problem!

Bangchik said...

Lovely walk through nature..... some trees are weird looking, like snakes. But overall is good and truely exiting. ~bangchik

Jim Groble said...

Wonderful! The pics are great and tell a nice story. i always love dog pics.

jim

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

What a wonderful hike...I had to ride my horse, though, because my knee has''t recovered THAT much. ;-) Beautiful countryside. Thanks for inviting me on this trip. Now, where's the wine?

debsgarden said...

We visited Hawaii many years ago, and I have never forgotten the beauty of that enchanted place. Thanks for taking us on this walk. i saw Hawaii in the summer; but i see it is still fabulous in the winter. Your dog is very cute; I hope he appreciates what a great life he lives!

Noelle said...

Hello Noel,

What a beautiful area. I just love old oak trees!

noel said...

Aloha all, thanks for taking the walk with us...actually daisy is my friend julie's dog isn't she a keeper, except for the ticks that is...this was a beautiful sunny day in california's wine country in december, can you believe it? although the nights up here do get into the high 20's to low 30's and warms up again during the day.

Mary Anne said...

The music is indeed a nice compliment to your photos. It looks so peaceful there. Thanks for taking us along on your trip.

Grace Peterson said...

Thank you for inviting us along, Noel. Places like these just bring out the kid in me. Except for that poison oak. :) Stay on the trail...

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