Both Laurie and Odel had their fitbit zip gadgets on, so we knew how many steps we took. We were on the trails for roughly three hours and Odel managed to get over 14,000 steps. (Durned if I didn't forget to ask Laurie!) Translated into miles -- 10,000 steps equals approximately 5 miles. Guess the gadget doesn't take hills and switchbacks into consideration, so I don't know how that relates. Regardless, overall it was a joyful day, filled food and laughter and reminiscences and a hidden falls and muddy tracks in a first-rate regional park.
This part of the foothills is a "gray" area, esp this time of year. The Gray Pine (aka foothill pine, bull pine, digger pine, California foothill pine) is not a colorful tree and doesn't yield a vibrant landscape. Many of the Oak trees hereabouts appeared gray and barren; the rocks are gray-toned ... so many of my pictures reflect GRAY. In reality, the landscape was splendid for January!
FINALLY!! We started putting this blankety-blank 1,000 piece puzzle together the day after Christmas. We finished it the day after New Years, not working on it all the time, of course. But I can promise you that we were heartily challenged! Anybody want a free picture puzzle? We'll gladly ship! On to the next one ...?