Morning hike around our peaks. Out before the heat.
Kitty and I went for a hike out at the end of Pico Canyon Road near Valencia on Saturday. Hydra and I drove out that way a bit a couple of weeks ago, but took a turn before coming to the parkland at the end of the road, which is the site of the remnants of Mentryville, CA.
What a wonderful surprise. We hiked a live oak sheltered trail along a creek bed in drizzly weather that threatened but never quite morphed into full fledged rain. We traced deer track along and back and forth across the trail and actually saw a pair of deer at one point.
Our shoes got muddy, but it was worth it to feel like we were transported to the Pacific Northwest for a couple of hours.
So of course, the first time I decide not to accompany Hydra on his hike, he goes and scales his mountain! That’s him waving his crutch above his head after calling me on the cell phone to alert me to his feat.
Boys cannot be trusted!
The very thing I was looking for!
They aren’t beige. They’re green!
The pods are fairly tender, but not tender enough to eat. Not bad shelling… I pressed on them till they popped open like little balloons and then took out the beans.
This roadrunner brought to you courtesy of my Nikon D80. This has been much-cropped.
Maybe because it happens so rarely, I always feel that it’s great good fortune to see a roadrunner. It might even be a good omen.
We arrived home to discover ground squirrels nibbling on the tender cucumber sprouts I planted. And this container has herbs in it that I started from seed. Herb soup. Sigh. Hopefully I saved some of them.
Found about six ounces of beef in the freezer and used up the carrots, celery and some of the red potatoes making this soup. Also called in the help of Better Than Boullion to flesh out the soup, so to speak. Used fresh thyme and mint for seasoning.
Hint: When using fresh herbs that have stems in soups and stews, don’t bother nipping off all the leaves. Just put the whole sprig in the soup. The leaves will cook off and you can easily pull out the stems before serving.
I suspect that this is a set up for something to do with Saving Grace since the woman on the bed looks like she could be a Holly Hunter stand in, and the show filmed promotional spots out here.
Oh, yeah! It’s very cool to see Vasquez Rocks show up in Star Trek (2009) as the planet Vulcan. Welcome back, guys! I didn’t take any photos of the big rock this time, but here’s a post where I did.
A very welcoming view. We were on our way to Adelanto to meet up with some friends and decided to make time for a hike at Mormon Rocks. We’ve been by here a number of times without thinking to allow for the time or to dress appropriately.
Hydra sets off across the ridge between the first set of rocks we visited and the next. This is probably the crest of the same type of rock that’s exposed elsewhere. The trail forms a rough crescent around the fire station below, which can be reached from the 138 just east of the 15.