* I'm sorry if the photo quality today doesn't seem as high as usual. I've been having a number of my photos stolen lately. I've decreased the resolution of recent posted photos as a result. I hate to do that, but I feel like I've got no choice. Photos will continue to be of the highest quality when purchased off my photo site. *
I'm a total beach rat, which you clearly know by now.
I do enjoy other parts of The OC too, though. I grew up in the mountains north of Los Angeles and I love hiking in mountains and canyons.
Last weekend, Briefcase and I decided to go out for a "non-beach" hike. We brought our two retrievers.
It was the day after a storm and temperatures were on the cold side. After a day of rain, it felt wonderful to get outside and do some exploring.
As you can see, there was a dusting of snow on "my" mountains.
The main trail in the particular area we chose to hike is paved. People ride bikes, walk, and jog along the paved trail. There are a lot of smaller trails which shoot off in various directions. The smaller trails are dirt and rock paths.
It didn't take long for us to venture off onto the smaller trails.
We almost immediately ran across signs of storm damage.
There's a creek nearby too. Most of the time it's nothing more than a dry creek bed. After storms sometimes there's a little water running in it. I've never seen it like this before:
The water was muddy, but in some areas there were white caps. It was *almost* like a real river. Amazing!
I got a lot of great photos, most of which aren't in this post. Why is that? Sometimes I baffle even myself. Here's one of my favorites though:
I put the next photo out on Twitter last weekend, but I'm going to post it here too.
Dogs DO smile!
(And for those of you who love my chocolate lab and wish I'd shown a picture of her too …. Mocha was happily chasing rabbits down trails and not cooperating for a photo!)
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