Grant Ranch

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Sunday, 9 June 2013

Saturday was hot, hot, hot, so I went for a bike ride rather than a long hike. The air motion was enough to keep me comfortable. Sunday was to be much cooler, so I thought I’d try Grant ranch. I haven’t been here for quite a while, and I need to keep negotiating with the new boots.

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The grass is mostly golden from a distance, but some of the fluffy parts are nicely coloured.

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In areas with a bit more moisture, there are still quite a few wildflowers.

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And where there is a stream in winter, we find a muddy patch today, swarming with butterflies nozzling up the water.

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I stopped at a little pond to see what there was to see. The tadpoles all have legs!

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The one above still has quite a cape, if that’s what we agree to call it.

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The bottom of the pond, halfway house.

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This little frog is so cool, just hanging out there.

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While these two have an insect buffet to choose from.

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There are insects in the pond, too.

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Some of them having a grand time!

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The high point was the helicopter attack. Really impressive!

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Leaving the pond, I found what looks very much like lady-bug larvae. Usually they hang out near a colony of aphids (yum!), but I didn’t see any.

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I was getting tired, the boots weren’t cooperating very well, and I was a little concerned about running out of water. So I dropped down into the central picnic area of the park and walked back to the car along the road. Takes about 5 miles and a thousand vertical feet off the hike, leaving me with a bit less than 17 miles, 3200 feet of climb.

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