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Atop the Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve

ATOP (The Daily Post)

My husband and I were looking for new trails to walk and found this great place.  There were several different trails to try all varying in degree of difficulty.  I took the easier trail since hills are still a problem for me while my husband went for the one of the more difficult trails hoping to see how many flights of stairs it would equal by the end.  We agreed to meet back at the car in 45 minutes.  Of course, minutes after I took this picture, the clouds began to clear, and it went from a nice cool day to walk to a seriously hot day.  I don’t do well in the heat, but I made it around the trail stopping once at a bench to catch my breath, have some water, and get a little shade.  When we met up again, my husband was happy to report that he’d climbed enough hills to equal 27 flights of stairs.

Color Your World – Sky Blue

CYW: Sky Blue (Jennifer Nichole Wells)

I love rainy days, but I also love blue skies.  There’s something about the sky blue that just makes me smile just seeing it.

Tuesdays of Texture

Texture (De Monte Y Mar)

After so many weeks of rain, the ground finally got a chance to dry out.  I went for a walk on Saturday and got to see that the creeks have receded, the mud has begun to dry out, and the trails were passable again.  I haven’t walked on the trails in awhile.  It was good to get out there and breathe in the fresh air.  I can’t wait to do it again.

 

One Word Photo Challenge: Distance

OWPC: Distance (Jennifer Nichole Wells)

We continued our Random Acts of Kindness this week by collecting and painting rocks with positive words.  The kids and I really enjoyed transforming these boring gray rocks into these beautiful works of art.  I hope we were able to put a smile on someone’s face today.  I will wonder, just like the kids (they wanted to stay on the walking trail to watch people’s reactions), whether someone picked up one of our rocks and took it home. Will they look at it and smile every time they see it?  Did we make a difference in someone’s day(s)?  All I can do is hope and continue to do these Random Acts of Kindness.  The kids have been inspired and I hope they want to continue this journey with me despite not knowing for sure if we are making a difference.  Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

 

 

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge

Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge (Cee’s Photography)

This is the entrance to the tunnel at Devil’s Slide on the Pacifica side.  My husband and I hadn’t driven through here since the road closed and they built the tunnel through the img_1976mountain.  We were spending the weekend in Half Moon Bay for my 40th birthday a couple of years ago and went in search of a place to walk after breakfast.  I found the nearby Devil’s Slide Trail on my phone and we drove over to check it out.  The trail here is paved, very clean, and offers some spectacular views of the ocean (with possible whale sightings) and birds (many migrate to the area).  Thereimg_1962 are quite a few information signs along the way naming the local birds and plants as well as explaining the history of the area.  The trail is where Highway 1 used to go before the new tunnels through the mountain were built.  We were there so early in the morning that we had the trail mostly to ourselves.  We walked, enjoying the crisp sea breeze, and listening to the ocean.  I stopped and sat at one of the benches about halfway up while my husband continued to walk.  I thought about turning 40.  When I had turned 30, I had been fragile and depressed for months before and after my birthday and I thought it would be like that turning 40, but it wasn’t.  I was actually happy to turn 40.  I think it had to do with feeling a little more comfortable with who I am.  Right there on the bench, I made the decision to better take care of me and to start actually doing the things I dream of doing.  I am finally writing everyday and I have started exercising and eating better.  I also found a job that makes me happier and gives me more time to work on the things that are important to me.  Now I need to work on actually taking vacations and traveling more.  I guess my first step should be getting a new passport.  I am putting it on my to-do list now.  I am also thinking that I need to go back to that bench and think more things through.  Who knows what else I could work out while sitting there.  Maybe it could be my thinking spot.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Over the Edge

On the weekends that aren’t chalk full of errands to run or events to attend, my husband and I either go see a movie if there is something good out in the theaters or we find a new place to walk.  On this particular occasion, we wanted to go to San Francisco to get some good pork buns and cocktail buns (there aren’t any good Chinese bakeries by our place), so I looked online to see if there were any trails we could walk in or near the city.  I had lived in San Francisco for Middle school and High School and though I had explored many places around the city, hiking/walking trails had never really been the thing to do for me back then.  So as an adult, I have found quite a few things/places I missed as a kid.

I searched trails online and decided on Land’s End.  I knew the area well because I had gone to High School only a few blocks away and had often found myself at Ocean beach or at what was once the Sutro Baths (click on Land’s End link above to see more) to just sit and listen to the ocean when life got crazy, but I had never really explored the area.  When we arrived, we found that parking wasn’t going to be easy as it is also a big tourist spot, but we were patient little parking lot sharks and eventually scored a space.  We got out and stretched together and then agreed to meet at the end.  My husband is in better shape than me and takes much bigger strides than I do, so we generally set meeting points, put on our headphones, and set out.  I was immediately distracted by the beauty of the place.  I had to keep reminding myself to keep up the pace, but there were so many things to see.  The trail eventually got pretty tough for me – lots of uphill and stairs (thank goodness for the little places to sit on the stairs they had at certain intervals).  I really wanted to get to the end to take photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, but I finally had to admit defeat and text my husband to meet me back at the car.  As I walked back down the stairs, I found this guy with his feet dangling over the edge seemingly waving “Hello”.  It made me smile when I was feeling like I was going to die and I will forever appreciate whoever drew it.  It lifted my spirits and got me focused again.  I made it back to the car in one piece thank goodness, but I am determined to get back there and finish that trail one day.  If you are ever in San Francisco, check it out.  It’s truly a beautiful spot with picturesque views that you’ll never forget.

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