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A Castle Rock Hike

After that last post, I’ll start this one with a bit of a more pleasant photograph:

Monterey Bay and the Santa Cruz Range – Castle Rock Park. December 2, 2007. © Copyright G Dan Mitchell.

In most ways (more on that in a moment) this was a really great hike. I started out at about 10:00 a.m. and it was quite cold and very windy. In fact, it was the sort of wind that causes a sound almost like jet engines – very impressive! Leaves and twigs were flying everywhere, and I didn’t get warmed up until I finally did some uphill hiking. For the first time it actually felt like winter is perhaps beginning around here.

Although it was cloudy on the ridge – due, I imagine, to the clouds lifting as they blew in from the coast – it was apparently sunny out over the ocean. As the photograph shows, not only was it clear enough to see all the way across the bay to the Monterey Peninsula, but the sun was reflecting brightly off of the surface of the water.

About that “most ways” comment above… As I headed back up the trail to the car a bug – a fly, I thought – started buzzing around my head. Annoying. I tried to brush it away, but it was persistent – actually landing on my head and in my hair a couple times. The last time I took a moment too long to swat it away, and discovered the hard way that it was a bee! Ouch! It has been years since I’ve been stung by a bee, and this is the first time I’ve ever had one actually pursue me. Double ouch!


December 2, 2007 - Posted by | Commentary, Trails

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