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Nature Tuesday's Hike all that "nature" stuff!

My son and I decided to take the dogs to a seasonal creek and with all this rain we were sure there would be water, and we were not disappointed. (those photos will be in a post titled, “Swimming is for the Dogs!”, coming soon)

This was a great place to get a bit of exercise and have lunch.

 We started off by stopping at a local Italian place and ordered sandwiches to go. I got a meatball, while my son ordered an eggplant one.

 The hike was level, for the most part. The temperature around 63 degrees, sunny, nice clouds and around 3 miles. 

Here is the hike there, with all the things I thought photo worthy. Come join me.

#1 Flowers!

These beauties were blooming outside of the Italian place.  

#2 The trail head.

As you can see it is well traveled. You will see other hikers, bikers and horseback riders on this trail. I am so glad we didn't see any horses, the dogs are very shy around them. 

#3 This was a huge Maple Tree.

I liked the contrast with the new grass and sage colored agave cacti on the right. 

#4 This tree is alive, both sides.

It was starting to get green leaves even on the fallen half. 

#5 A bit closer.

Again, I liked the contrast with the new and old. 

#6 Speaking of old and new. I lichen this.

Excuse my pun above. This shows the green grass, some moss growing on the the dead Coastal Scrub Oak Tree (the short green stuff growing on the north side of the branches), and on the tip of this branch is a bit of Oak Moss Lichen, hence the pun. 

#7 Closer and different angle.

#8 Coyote marking the trail with their claws.

Other animals will also do this, but more than likely this is a coyote, there are many here. 

#9 Red grass

#10 More of that red grass

There was also some brownish red flowers in bloom, they might look dried, but they were growing and soft to the touch. Can you see them on the left? 

Luna (the black dog) is waiting for me, the wolf dog is already splashing up ahead. They love to swim. Time to put away the camera and find a place to picnic. I hope you enjoyed this little hike, and make sure to look for the creek pictures coming soon. 

Have a great Wacky WEdneSdaY! 

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