Since we've moved to California we still feel very fortunate to be able to spend a massive part of the year doing things outside. Even when it does rain it's not that heavy and doesn't last long so we're working our way through a hiking bucket list.
|Prairie Dog hole, or E burying his poop? U decide.|
It was busy in the sense that there were lots of people out enjoying the scenery but you could definitely wander along by yourself. It took about 2 hours to do the whole loop since Ender was working on finding things for his Science Journal. He was particularly enthralled with the mounds left by the prairie dog holes and needed to inspect the ones beside the trail regularly. We saw prairie dogs, hawks, squirrels and other birds.
The trees are super cool, all gnarly and huge.
|The Dish. It's frickin' HUGE.|
After posing for many doofy photos near the Dish we carried on with snacks, had some more water and were looking forward to some more downhill stretches. It wasn't long until we rounded a corner and spotted this!!
|Reservoir 2. 6 million gallon water tank equipped with solar panels.|
Turns out it's a reservoir. So they say.
A little further on there are some probably pretty expensive homes with gardens that back up close to the trail. I would think that they could afford to fix up their fences but whateves.
|E concentrating on doing up the |
harness strap himself.
Me being an idiot.
All in all it was a pretty fantastic experience. Be warned that if you decide to go check it out, parking can be a problem. We lucked out and got a spot on Stanford just a few minutes walk away from the gate but I've read that it can be a bit of a nightmare. There are different ways to enter so check out a couple of guides like Bay Area Hiker.
|Prairie Dog Bill. I'm not entirely sure that's |
his name but I thought it fit.
Plus - he napped really well in the car afterwards. Yippee!