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Saturday, July 10, 2010
One of my favorite pastimes visiting California, is hiking the various hills and trails up in Sonoma County. I remember waking up early to do an early morning hike with my friend Julie up in Chalk Hill, just outside of Healdsburg… Brrr, it was actually cold that morning and very cloudy. I’m not sure I was ready for that hike and the ground was really wet which worried me since I only had one pair of tennis shoes I brought for my trip and have no alternates if I get it wet for the remainder of my visit.
We started off a very steep climb up worn paths and grassy areas and in just a few minutes my sneakers and socks were soaking wet from all the wet morning dew, a very uncomfortable feeling and I wondered what would I do if I could not dry my shoes quickly for some other events planned for the rest of the day….oh well just block it out!
Julie’s dog Daisy, was having the best time exploring the hills with her friend and discovering some new scents and plenty of distractions.
In spite of my endless gripe about wet shoes and up hill climbing, the views climbing up this pathway were awe inspiring.
Amazing old and gnarly oak trees bending in unusual angles and curving to the ground instead of the sky.
The strong scent of wild California Buckeye's permeated the air, reminding me of how wonderful this time of the year is with all the wildflowers coming into bloom. In between, beautiful vistas of premiere vineyards and peek-a-boo views of the Sonoma countryside make you stop and just admire these inspiration scenes.
Gorgeous Spanish Moss dangling like crystal garlands from these stately oaks
Along the way we past some discards that were turned into functional art pieces and beautiful sculpture….shhh - this is a private part of the countryside, don’t tell anyone we are tress passing.
How’s this for a throne chair?
Finally the piece that says beware…danger. No, its just too loveable!
Okay, I guess the hike is done, even Daisy is pooped out and wants to play with her stick instead….It was a great hike despite the wet shoes and all.
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