January 9, 2014
This is the same way we entered in the new year last January, too. You can see pics from that hike here.
This year, we headed a bit north to the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Preserve. It's only about 20 minutes north from us, plus a few minutes to climb west and into the foothills.
It was obvious that a whole lot of other people had my same idea, as it was busy, even in the mid-afternoon.
I was so glad to be out in the open air, taking in the vistas and just feeling a part of the larger world. Here are some photos of our day out, all taken with my sucky camera phone.
I'm not sure what it is about the light, the sky, the long shadows, but these photos feel very quintessentially "Southern California winter" to me. It's been a very mild and dry winter, a statement that probably makes you want to smack me upside the head if you live anywhere east of Arizona. Sorry, Polar Vortex survivors.
But I do wish for some gray skies and a good dose or two of rain before the winter is done.
And this time, I AM speaking purely metaphorically.