I needed the trail today. Thank goodness we have raised the kids on these trails and they are always up for a random mid day, mid week outing.
They are out of school at 12:30 on Wednesdays, so I brought them a change of shoes and told them we were hitting the trail.
This is Shell Ridge in Walnut Creek.
|We head up to the top of that ridge and follow it back down.|
|There were a few dogs cooling off in the water.|
|If you make it bigger you'll see a squirrel on the trail under those green leaves.|
|There's a lizard below the shadow in the middle of the log.|
|My "special" boy|
|I was a bit sad to find a nice new bench where my old, wooden, falling apart bench that I loved used to be.|
|But the new one was there for a good reason, and John Muir's words felt very true today.|
|The upper pond was full of baby frogs, and looks like there will soon be many more.|
|While at the pond we heard a pop and looked up to see a weather balloon dropping a camera back to the ground.|
|There was a team from Lawrence Livermore Lab doing some air quality studies that somehow involved sending up a Go Pro camera attached to a weather balloon. They said after a few different experiments they would let it go and track it w/3 different GPS units to recover it.|
|On the back side of those tan hills is where we live, those are the same hills B and I climbed over to get home on last weeks "date night" that I mentioned in a previous post.|
|We made it to the top o the ridge, we always stop on this rock to have snacks.|
|Down off the ridge we saw this guy. For a Gopher snake, it's not that big, but still a decent size snake.|
It was just what I needed!