Sunday, May 20, 2007

Sequoia National Park, May 2007

We took a quick trip up to Sequoia. Most of the trails were pretty snowy. On our long hike to Heart Lake above Lodgepole, we didn't have snowshoes and had to "post hole" through deep soft wet snow (in other words, our boots punctured the crust and our footprints looked like post holes). But our first view of the lake made it all worthwhile:

There was no one else for miles around, and the lake was still partially frozen:

On our drive back to the Montecito resort, we passed a couple of early-season bears tearing up a log, looking for grubs:

We took a short hike to Lost Grove. Click on the picture and look carefully at the ground between the bases of the trees:

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Mendocino and Santa Ynez, April 2007

During Spring Break of 2007, we stopped off to do some bike riding in the Santa Ynez Valley. The poppies were going strong:

This is Felice's favorite oak tree on Happy Canyon Road:

We camped for several days near Fort Bragg. This is a trillium:

The rides in Russian Gulch and Van Damme State Park were mostly along the streams:

The rhododendrons were growing amongst the redwoods: