Thursday, January 21, 2016

Take a hike with me on a cloudy day in Crest

Well this was a busy weekend! Saturday Jack, Maulie and I went on a two mile hike that lasted for a couple of hours.I had no idea it would be so long. The thing to remember is if you go downhill you have to go uphill.I especially did not enjoy that! It was a cool day and I was happy to just gather my thoughts as we hiked on Saturday away from the T.V and the phone.It was such a wonderful quiet hike we didn't even hear birds til we were on our way back to Crest.

We only saw one hiker a woman all by her self. She is braver then me. It seemed like you were out in the middle of no where.Who knows who is out there. I would be worried about Coyotes and just falling and breaking a leg.My neighbor use to hike this area and she always saw Coyotes. We kept Maulie on her leash til we got close to home just in case we ran into a coyote.

 So with a walk down our dirt road and across a paved road we were on our way.Enjoy our hike and be glad you didn't have to go uphill!

 Just remember beauty can be in a lush forest a beautiful waterfall but in our neck of the woods it is in the solitude and sparse shapes of plants and mountains around us.
                                                        We started our hike

This is a prickly pear cactus that the dye cochineal comes from.
It is an insect that attaches to the cactus. 
You have to squish it to get a red pink color 

Maulie was ready

Up and around the mountain we go

 Were going around the triangle hill

There is a house at the top of those rocks

 It feels like were on top of the world

This was especially hard to walk down

 The orange Witches hair or Dodder is a parasitic plant that grows on other plants.
It produces a natural dye color of orange and yellow.
I have gathered it before and boiled it.
 My color turned more of a mellow yellow.

  Sycuan Casino in the distance of Dehesa


New sign

Habitat restoration area

Singing hill golf course the other side of the mountain

 Lake in the distance

I was exhausted and then we had to go uphill!

Mount Helix and la Mesa 

 Beautiful but scary when it's wildfire season which is year round

We were pooped!

Up the Mountain we go

Maulie stopped in protest


Were back to Crest I love that windmill

Back Home
Final leg of our hike

Maulie was happy to be home and so was I.
Saturday was just the beginning of a busy weekend.
We would go to Long beach for my mother in laws 99th Birthday 
and then a day at Knotts Berry Farm with the family.
I am so glad to be home and hooking away on my rug once again.
Hugs Cheri


Earlene L. said...

Wow the views!!!!!!!
Wish I was wearing shorts and t-shirts right now.
I need to start walking again when it warms up a bit more.

Larkrise garden girl said...

It was a perfect day it was cool and cloudy but boy was I glad to get home! Hugs cheri

Julia said...

Thanks for sharing your hike with us. Wow, you're a tough girl for two hours of hiking in the mountains. I bet yo had sore legs the next day.
I can see Maulie is tired and had enough.
I think it was good to get away to see all the beauty around you but it's nice to just sit and hook too.

It's cold here and the North wind is blowing loudly across the river and it make the house chilly so I had to put more wood in the wood stove.


Kim said...

Wow, beautiful scenery. But I'd be scared I'd see a snake. Lol

Larkrise garden girl said...

Julia, keep warm I love my wood burning stove it keeps me warm. I wish I was as tough as you! The hard part was the hike back Jack wasn't even winded. Maulie And I had to stop for five minute breaks.
Kim this time of year the rattlesnakes are not out yet its too cold but believe me I am always wary of them in my yard in the summer time.
Have a fun weekend gals, cheri

annie said...

Those are amazing photos, just breath taking.

Larkrise garden girl said...

Thanks Annie!

Farm Girl said...

I just love looking at all of the scenery around you. What incredible views. What a hike!! I would have been tired too.
I still find it so interesting you know what makes what color dye. That just amazes me.
I am so glad you got to do some fun things, I am also so glad you gave us a tour. Have a great weekend.

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Farm girl , I use to natural dye plants when I was spinning wool, hugs cheri

Rugs and Pugs said...

Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing your hike.
I would have been winded, too. I am so out of shape.
Hugs :)

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Lauren , I am out of shape too but I have to start somewhere lol!

Sophie said...

I appreciate your idea to run away from gadgets. it's better to give a rest to our brain. Your photos are full of life and calmness.