This was a hike to see if there were any of the fat-round acorns to collect. While at Ojai Day, I had heard that the season was 'late' this year and many acorns were still in the trees. So I went looking. I didn't find any. The guy was right, squirrels and birds beat us to it. I did get to enjoy being outdoors though, so all was not lost.
This area is across the valley from the previous hike. It is right off a major freeway too. One time, a few years back, we hiked to the very top of one of the mountains on the trail. It was a very hard hike, filled with switchbacks. I kept thinking we were almost there, ready to wrap around the mountain...when the trail would lead up some more!! I was not in the best shape (much heavier back then) and I was quite excited to get to the top! Then to only make it back down again. Oh my!
While we stood on the top of the mountain, looking around and being amazed at how high up we were, three turkey vultures began to circle right over our heads...and I mean RIGHT ABOVE our heads. I kept telling them, "Wait, I'm not dead yet!!" I didn't stick around too long up there!
Anyway, last weekend I was alone on my hike. I have to admit that I am always a bit wary when alone or out of eyesight of the guy as these hills have rattle snakes, mountain lions and coyotes among other wildlife. The coyotes are OK by me, but the others...well, I don't want to meet them out there alone. I met a couple coming back out as I was heading in and they told me they had seen a bear cub, but didn't stick around to meet it's mother!!
Needless to say, I didn't hike too far in! I was inspired to think of Valerianna of RavenWood Forest and how brave she is as she wanders her woods!!
Do you see him? (Click on photo to enlarge)
I almost missed getting the picture as he ambled up the hill. This is the very beginning of the trail, so I was surprised to see him so close to the road.
The trail in...and later back out!
The sunlight was dancing on the trees.
A light sprinkling of fall was evident.
Moss and dryness residing together
Trees & a flag lined up on the ridge
Paused to listen to the wind in the trees.
Then paused to hear the song of the woodpecker
Every time I've been here, this gate stands open.
I like that.
It's nice to know we're always welcome.
Thank you for hiking along with me again.
PS I hope the video plays, this is rather new for me!
Photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2013