It may be December, but the temperatures have been in the 70’s and the colors of fall show up every now and again. My favorite time to hike the hills is just before sunset. I haven’t been on this particular hike for quite some time – I used to take my dogs Ubu and Sam on it regularly, but alas, both of them are gone now. I have a new crop of dogs – three this time, and they were happy to accompany on a little adventure.
This little valley lies around a mile from the 101 freeway, but it is sheltered from the noise and pollution that suggests. The trailhead lies down Sunset Road, off of Rimrock. There are lots of little ranches around, and I park next to this one.
On the trail itself the dogs and I passed two women on three horses. Up and down we went until I spied poison oak looking quite pretty.
It looks less pretty when it turns my arms bright oozy red. But I have learned from past indiscretions and wear long sleeves now.
After a good long climb and some copious, but cleansing, sweating, we reached the top of the trail. I love how isolated it feels.
I didn’t want to be caught out here after dark, though, so I headed back after taking this photo. The sun through the oaks said a pretty goodbye.
Yet as we loaded into the car a chorus of coyotes broke out in strange song. My most fiesty dog, Kima, looked concerned and eager to track them down.
Such adventures would have to wait for another day, though. As will further posts on my Camino adventures. I want to finish that photo series by the end of the month, but holiday preparations have cut into my blogging time. Soon, though. Yes. Soon …