I took staff for a nice hike above Laguna Beach today, a few days after Christmas. It wasn’t as green as hoped, but it was a beeeeeyooootiful day ! Also lots of great scents and plenty of snake holes. I went to rattlesnake skool before so staff wasn’t too worried. We like to walk around (since I am 12, its more of a mosie about than a hike) at Top of the World. We go in by the Del Mar Street side out of habit. Some times there are goats up there, but there isn’t enough grass yet to need fire prevention. Just some cactus.
After we finished our walk we went into town since it was early and parking was easy. What do you think the first stop was ? You know staff likes her pastries . . . . SO we went to Scandia Bakery on Forrest Avenue. Today it was Bearclaws because even though they have lots of delightful things, they do make a very nice bearclaw and we hadn’t had any for a while. I had to remind staff to get me MY OWN PLEASE !
We went to visit Uncle Ricky in Cayucos and to paint with friends in Baywood Park who were staying at the lovely Back Bay Inn. Winslow took the opportunity to check out the water and have a nice romp and chase some coots. He didn’t bother the stately (and protected) Great Blue Herons. The weather was great, the leash was off, left overs abundant, and a Welsh Springer Spaniel couldn’t ask for more!
Yesterday we went for a walk at Crystal Cove State Park, not far from home. It was a lovely day for a walk, and the park was quiet with not too many bicycles. We have to stay up top on the paths along the cliffs because dogs are not allowed on the beach below. The walk wasn’t as long as I had hoped because Winslow caught scent of some rattlesnakes and hearded me right back to the car. He gets exasperated when I won’t do what he wants, but I guess that is what I sent him to rattlesnake school for afterall. Some fireman on their exercise walk returning from where I had wanted to go told me that they had seen a five foot rattler stretched across the path!
We have been bunny hunting this morning amonst the mustard at Fairview Park, on the site of what was once the Indian Village of Lukup. We only saw one bunny today, but I think Winslow sniffed many more. It was way too hot already at 10 am, so we have to start closer to dawn. There was lots of mustard, as pictured here, a few hawks, and lots of stickers. I will recheck in a while, but non seem to have stuck!