Small Walks

Calla coming back in from her constitutional out back.  She strolls out to the brick border on the right around the corner and sits out there a while then comes back in.

I took my own walk again – this time I drove out to the trailhead at Wildwood Park just to the west a few miles.  I didn’t think I would do anything too tough, but I ended up doing 5 miles.  Much of it was more or less flat.

The park was where a lot of westerns were filmed in the 50s – Gunsmoke, for one.  The butte – like hills to the north sure do look familiar.  This whole area is a large plateau near the sea – you can really tell this when you drive west and the highway drops nearly a thousand feet to sea level in a couple of miles.  At the edge of this park is a gorge that the paths skirt that is very deep with vertical sides emptying out north through a split in the hills into the Santa Rosa valley.  Great views, although at times you really notice that the dirt trail is at the very edge of a huge drop.  There was one place where there was a split in the ground making a fissure showing you that the whole trail was on an overhang.

So this part was all pretty much flat but I wanted to get to this waterfall called Paradise Falls.  I know what they mean – a stream with actual water in it is so alien to this part of the country in the summer.  It is in another gorge that a path circles around and heads down into.  It is fairly steep, and the last part had to be hacked out of rock on one side of the stream.

There were a lot more people on the trails than the ones I have been frequenting.  Sometimes that’s nice.  There was a horse and rider coming back as I was going out, which was cool.

I got home early enough that everyone got to go outside in back.

Some just liked having the door open for the breezes.

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5 Responses to Small Walks

  1. Jo Woolf says:

    Sounds like amazing scenery around there, and very different from our own. Nice pics of Gus and Calla, especially the cute tongue ‘who, me?’

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  2. grannyandthebaldguy says:

    That sounds like a wonderfully relaxing walk, both physically and mentally.. Kitties makes my heart smile as usual and Calla has the most amazing eyes.

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  3. Sounds like an awesome walk, but I’m with Gus, cool breezes and naps! MOL
    I love Julie photobombing Calla’s walk in the first picture! Is he checking out where she’d just been?

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  4. fozziemum says:

    Sounds like the heat is still with you.but what a lovely day you seem to have had ..Hugs Fozziemum xx

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  5. Lurkertype says:

    I’m definitely more with Mr. Gus than with hiking or even strolling.

    Miss Calla perfectly defines the constitutional, though.

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