entering the regional park at 8 AM in the morning – the park runs for miles through the hills – it’s a climb to get in and a climb to get out.
climbing the trail to the high country
fallen tree blocks the trail up – we have to climb around it to reach the trail on the other side.
on the high side of the fallen tree looking back
on the high trail far above a grade school in the valley below
the high trail
the high trail continues to climb
stopping to take in the vista
look closer – in the center of the photo is a distant pond and there are cattle near it – the first of three ponds we will see on this hike
if you click on the photo, that may cause it to expand and fill your screen – it works that way on my desktop
the dark green that looks as if it were brush are huge, distant oak trees
the camera’s battery was running low so I saved the last few shots for the ravine and creek in the low country far below the high trail
the second pond – the largest of the three
a set of stairs – look between the trees
what I call the low country is a ravine with a creek bed running through it – after a heavy rain, it is often flooded – this shot is near the exit and then we will start climbing again
the third pond as we continue to climb out of the valley toward the end of the hike
there are many oak trees of this size – soon we will be back to where we started
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