SUMMARY: Brisk hike with other people's dogs.
This evening I went on a lovely 4-ish mile hike, about 500 feet up and back down, at the Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve, which has been open to the public only for a very few years. Not only do they allow dogs on leash, but there's a huge section in the middle of the park where dogs are allowed off leash.
However, I did not take my beasts; too much trouble when I'm getting to know people in this Sierra Club group and also watch my feet and the poison oak. Maybe some other time.
The lower elevations were lush forests along a stream bed.
The dogs wanted to go on the dusky-footed woodrat trail.
From higher up Pulgas Ridge, you could see all the way out to San Francisco Bay.
It was a pretty huge group hiking this evening. I feel good now. My legs are comfortably tired and I'm starting to believe that I can actually do this Grand Canyon hike thingie.