Santa Barbara

One of my daughters attends UCSB so this past weekend we went down to visit her.  It was a fantastic weekend!  The weather was perfect and it was great to be with her again.img_4501

We hiked up Gaviota Peak (this is the view on the way down).img_4489

This is from the peak.  The hike was hard, but not too hard.  img_4494

This was the bin that held the notebooks that you could sign your name in that said you had climbed this peak.  I was really surprised at how many notebooks are in the bin!  Lots and lots of them!img_4499

This is most of us.  Our oldest couldn’t make the trip, she had something else going on this weekend.img_6551

The hubby and I!  Hiking is one of the things we have always done for fun, even before kids.  Now that the kids are older, we are getting back into longer hikes and it really is so much fun.  This hike wasn’t all that long – 7 miles with a 2200 foot elevation gain – but it was strenuous enough that it felt like an accomplishment for all of us.img_4488

This cute little lizard was in the middle of the last little bit of our path before we reached the top.  I think he is so pretty with the blue coloring down his sides.  We didn’t see any other wildlife.  Lots of evidence of coyotes and lots of deer tracks, but no sightings.

This is what happens when you give your 18 year old son the phone to take a selfie of THE WHOLE FAMILY because he is best at it…weird photos of him.  Believe me, there are many more of these!  I didn’t even know he had taken them until I was uploading photos right now for this post!  He is a quite the joker!

Wonderful Hike

A friend of mine leads a hike for the Sierra Club every Monday.  For the longest time I have not been able to join her or the others that go on these hikes.  Today was different!

We went to Ranch San Antonio for a fantastic 8.5 mile hike.  This is the view from the top.

This is such a great view, I never get sick of it!  We had just passed the half way point here and were about to start heading down.

Before we left, we had to stop by the farm.  Look at that cute baby goat!!

This magnificent Great Blue Heron was in the meadow just before we left to the parking lot.  Such a treat to see one of these guys!!