Ever had one of those perfect days?

Last Tuesday was one of those days!

My son and I went hiking under the bridges in Oceanside. I shared the old bridge in my last post for Wacky Wednesday. There are no hiking trails but there is a path, and a few coyote trails. 

It was the perfect day. The temperature was 70 degrees with these beautiful wispy clouds above. The dogs got to go chase anything that moved, butterflies, lizards and rabbits. I got to take pictures, and my son got to explore. 

The clouds were so pretty, I probably took too many pictures of the sky. 

Since I have trouble finding words, here is part of my Tuesday in pictures. 

#1 The same view as the cover picture, just with the camera turned.

#2 Native American Bedrock Mortars

See the circular depressions in the holes on the path? 

We have them all over the county in San Diego. At one time this area had a huge river flowing to a lagoon and out to sea. It was dammed long ago and only has a dry creek that trickles through seasonally. 

#3 Here is a whole Grinding Station

Or should I have said hole grinding station. 😉 

The typical dimensions of these are about 12 centimeters in diameter and around 10 centimeters deep. 

#4 This grinding station was made by the Luiseno or Payomkawichum natives in the 1600’s

There are often a cluster of a considerable number of such holes in proximity indicating that people gathered in groups to conduct food grinding in prehistoric cultures. Another name used is gossip stone, indicating the social context of the food grinding activity. 

#5 These are holding water still from the rains we’ve had recently.

Sadly someone tagged it. The paint will wear off though... 

#6 Closer…

There is red algae growing on the top along with some gnats, and thistle seeds around the edge. That is also the reflection of my head on the bottom right hand corner. 

#7 The sky…

I couldn't quit clicking... 

#8 With all the rain we’ve had, the mushrooms are growing.

These were tiny, about the size of a quarter. 

#9 I also found this growing.

Although a few mushrooms with stems grow on tree bark, most do not. Bark mushrooms typically grow in the form of conk, also called a bract or shelf.

Bark mushrooms most often grow in cool, rainy coastal areas and on the shady, north side of trees.

 A few mushrooms that grow on bark are edible, but most are not.

#10 At the end of the path there was an old dead Oak Tree.

Although the pathway ended, we still had to take the dogs swimming. We found a coyote trail and bushwhacked the rest of the way. 

I will share those with you on another day. 

I hope you enjoyed the Native American stuff! 

Have a great day! 


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Written by Kim_Johnson

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