Our wonderful hostess with the mostess this week is Angela from The Lurchers. Her assignment was the following:
All I want you to do is take me on your favourite walk. In words or pictures. Or both of course! Tell me why it's your favourite and point out things of interest on the way.
I loved this assignment and knew exactly what I wanted to do as soon as I read it!!!
My absolute favorite walk is the following trail....
...this is the Bear Valley Trail at Pt. Reyes National Seashore. We have walked this and other trails many times. I love the whole area...it is my "happy place".
But..the walk I am going to take you on today is my favorite regular one. I do this walk a few times a week...I like to vary my walking routes so I don't get bored. This is one of my challenging routes....are you ready? Let's go..
I need to get my favorite walking buddy ready....look at that face..."Come on Mom..you said we were going to walk!"...okay Baron...let's go..
Sorry Tucker, you can't come along with us...no cats allowed on our walks. Do you think he looks angry??
First we walk up our hill....you will see that the area we live is full of hills...in fact a flat area is very rare!!
Then we go down...I never tire of the views....I love the trees. They are evergreen with a few deciduous mixed in.
Sometimes we cross this bridge and I let Baron have some off leash time in the park...but not today...today we are on a mission...
We are going to conquer this hill. This hill is about a mile from our house. It is a half mile long of straight uphill, and the grade worsens as you climb....are you ready??
Part way up I walk backwards. Not only does this give my lungs a rest, but it also gives my quads a workout. Plus it confuses the heck out of Baron...."what side should I be on?? I was on her left but now she turned around...I am so confused"...it is kind of fun to keep him guessing, as long as he doesn't trip me!!
Around the corner the hill continues...
By this time I am really sucking air and for years I thought this was paint on the street. Recently I was walking at dusk and saw these...
Yes, those are turkey vultures' night roosting eucalyptus trees. Now that I am educated on the subject I walk this area very carefully lest I get some Turkey Vulture Hair Conditioner deposited on my head!!
Almost to the top....just around the corner..and I find this..
...a gorgeous view. The mountain in the far upper right corner is Mt. Tamalpais. I can also see the San Francisco Bay, but it didn't show in the picture very well. Now I am catching my breath and basking in the view, all the way down the hill. The rest of the walk is mostly down hill until we get to my street...then it is up and down again until...
...we arrive at home sweet home. By this time I have to pee so bad that I barely make it...I don't know why, but it happens every time!!
Hope you enjoyed our walk...I am looking forward to going on everyone elses'!!!