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Early Morning Jaunt to Castle Rock

I got up early this morning and went up the Castle Rock State Park on the ridge of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It was surprisingly cold when I arrived, especially in the narrow and wet canyon that the trail follows. Trees were down and the trail was muddy and on the way back out I came across snow patches that still hadn’t melted – it seemed more like winter than the day before spring.

However, I also saw some of the first spring wildflowers poking up from under last year’s dead vegetation. I saw a few small patches of gentian (? – I’m awful at ID’ing flowers.) and lots of new plants that should be blooming during the next month.
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March 19, 2006 - Posted by | Commentary

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