Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Hike With The Buck In The Weeds

It is that time of the year where the days are much shorter and cooler.  It rains...a lot.  I get home from work and it is already dark outside (yuck).  This means that the freeways are a mess, because nobody can seem to remember how to drive in the dark (but I'll save that rant for another blog post).  Husband and I had to put our after-work hiking hobby on hold for a few months, but here are some pictures from the last one we took.  

There are many trails that intersect each other in our local open space.  These markers (along with my iPhone) really help me figure out where I am.  I was not born with a terrific any sense of direction.

A beautiful view of Mt. Diablo as we ascend 650 feet (which just about murdered my calves).  No pain, no gain?

Down in the valley.

I am not going to lie, I really like how tall I look here. 

I got tired of sliding around on the sand and rocks, so I finally invested in a pair of trail shoes.  They are very comfortable and have fantastic grip.  I might try a pair of hiking shoes next year.  If anyone has any recommendations, I would love to hear from you.  

We saw several deer during this hike, but this was the clearest picture I was able to get.  Isn't he a beauty?

The sun setting over the valley.


shooting star said...

yes, the pic of the deer is so awesome!!


Martie @ Spunkyrella said...

I can totally relate. I feel like a zombie during the colder months of the year. I need my sunrays and fresh air. This is a good reminder to get out and about on weekends during day time instead of sleeping in an spend the rest of the time on the couch :-/

fluff and fripperies said...

Gorgeous imagery - I've said it before and will no doubt say it again but you are so lucky to live amongst so much natural beauty! xo

Emmy said...

Love that last shot, Erin! And yes....your experience there is like when we get snow here for the first time:P Cray cray how peeps forget to drive in a condition we should be used to by now!

Heather said...

Wow, great views! I love your shoes, too!

E said...

I've never invested in hiking shoes. But then, I'm not a serious hiker. :)

Mrs. Pancakes said...

Such awesome views!

SizzleandZoom said...

Beautiful shots!

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

hiking can be so much fun! it's always a new adventure with something NEW to see each time.

Ira Kharchenko said...

Awesome pics! Have a good time:)


Anonymous said...

I love living in the valley! Such a pretty view!

One day we'll hike up there. So far, we only drove. ha.

rooth said...

Gorgeous shot of the deer! The only ones we get to see here are the ones dead on the side of the highway :(

MM said...

Nice pictures, Erin, especially the one with the deer! I love nature, no matter the season. I admit that the only thing I don't like about winter is that the days are shorter. At 5 pm is already dark outside...


Suze said...

Gorgeous photos, Erin!!

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