Sunday, 13 Nov 2016
REI had an offer of 20% off more or less anything. I like my boots, but they’re getting to the point that I can see air through the bottom. Asked the REI clerk if I could get the same thing again, and I pretty much did. 20% off a pair of boots is a noticeable amount of money.
Saturday’s volunteer project was about 5 miles of hiking, something over a thousand feet of vertical gain, a good opportunity to check out the boots.
Monterey cypresses, clearly planted by someone who presumably lived here back in the day.
We had lunch under a big broken redwood, the side branch showing evidence that it has been broken off and regrown several times.
The crew, photographed by Ellen as we started back to the car. Dave, Lynn, Doug, Scott, Bill, Miki.
Sunday, I thought I’d do a longer hike. Russian Ridge, for example. 18 miles, 3100 vertical feet. Industrial strength hike, not a killer.
On Mindego Road trail, I saw a bobcat. It stopped long enough to check me out, then went on its way.
Spent much of the day looking for purple star thistle (above), removing all I found. Yes, I could wait a few months, while more of it germinated, but I might as well stay ahead of it as best I can. Also worked on bull thistle; mostly too late for this season, but many of the seeds are sprouting, and it’s also worth keeping ahead of next season’s crop.
Fog over the ocean, but here it was a beautiful day, just about perfect. View from the top of Mindego Hill.
A 3-inch Douglas fir had fallen across Charquin trail. That’s small enough I can saw it off and clear the trail.
I found thistle in small clusters in a number of places, and had a chance to talk with a number of visitors as I worked on it. Collected some fresh purple star flowers and seed in a trash bag for landfill disposal.
As the day wended its way along, the afternoon light became horizontal. Here, a pretty area along the aptly named Ancient Oaks trail.
A late look at Mindego Hill, from whose summit I took the first picture of the day.
Oh, yes, the new boots. Tired feet, but that’s hardly unexpected. I think they and I will become good friends.