SUMMARY: Wednesday afternoon hike with photos.The dogs and I dashed out around dinnertime for a quickie hike at the nearest hikable park, which remains Santa Teresa County Park. (And will probably remain that way unless some hills suddenly spring up closer to my house.)
I went around to the south entrance this time, which I hadn't been to before. Drove past miles and miles of the usual suburbs, out to the end of Almaden Expressway and turned onto McKean road, and suddenly to my surprise I was out in the middle of nowhere. 20 minutes from my house, and when I got out of the car, the only sounds were the breeze, an occasional "moo," an occasional whinny, a determined rooster practicing his crowing, and an occasional jet going by overhead.
I want to live there, and I want to live there NOW! Huge space to put an agility field; walking distance of some good uphill/downhill hiking with decent views; very quiet! I wonder whether I could find something like a granny house or empty garage to rent for not much money and set myself up a tiny office and work there every day? Take the dogs with me, hike morning and evening and lunch, and get in some good solid work without the usual home distractions?
Well, it's a fantasy probably, but, wow, no, really, I DO want to live there RIGHT NOW!
It was a short hike because I was feeling like I didn't have a lot of time that day--just 2.7 or so miles, maybe 500 feet total elevation gain. Weather remains unseasonably cool, so I barely broke a sweat.
Boost drank a lot at our first drink stop, but Tika drank nothing the whole trip, and Boost wanted no more after that.
I put all the photos with narrative of the trip (includes a very few flowers and views) on my photo site here.
It just takes so long to upload them here, one at a time, plus I can keep all my photos in one place. So--enjoy!