2021 Hike # ; 16
Hike Distance: 8.7 miles
Elevation Gain: 893 feet
Yearly Hike Distance: 130.0 miles
Yearly Elevation Gain: 15,121 feet
Well, I feel like I’m dropping the ball for writing up our hiking experiences and providing original content in this blog. This pandemic has severally restricted the places we are willing to go for hikes. Our hikes are so similar that you could summarize them as simply walking roads that have minimal variety. We seldom see people, but when we do it’s not the best experience. I’m so frightened of meeting other people that we don’t spend much time talking and give the impression we’re not interested. We are courteous and kind but just not interested in breathing the same air, at least until we get vaccinated and there is herd immunity. Of course, it’s still very nice to get out and get some fresh air, but it’s always in the back of our minds that things aren’t really safe in the real world. 😦
Today’s hike was much like our other forest road hike, except we had another run in with some wild horses. I didn’t see them until my wife mentioned they were there. Once I looked up it was obvious these two horses were not happy with us. They snorted and came around in front of us in an aggressive upright position. I really wasn’t sure if they would stop, and was a bit concerned. Thankfully, our defusing the situation came quickly, as we turned around and walked away. I did turn to get a quick photo, which I include below.
The other thing I’m now doing is to carry my Olympus camera with me on the hikes. My smartphone takes great photos, but they’re just not as pleasing and detailed as the Olympus. It just means I have to carry another two pounds of gear with me, which can be a pain when my body is having issues.
The one thing my Olympus camera is good for is image stabilization, and I can hold it for 1+ seconds without getting photo blur! In fact, I can get nice silky water flowing effects without any blur, which is fantastic. I’ve also included a photo of a small stream that contains this effect.
2021 Hike # ; 6
Hike Distance: 9.3 miles
Elevation Gain: 1026 feet
Yearly Hike Distance: 48.7 miles
Yearly Elevation Gain: 5,653 feet
A very nice day to be out in the fresh air! We were feeling pretty good so we extended the hike out past 9 miles. :0 We’ve been going to this area frequently since it’s close to home, and we’ve been getting out on the late side.
We didn’t see any animals, or people, today. A quiet day and plenty of solitude, which we prefer. It’s tough to go out and feel so good when we know that the pandemic is raging on. 😦 Well, we’ll be keeping our distance from people until we can receive the vaccines.
We’ve started to think about where we might want to go, on a hiking vacation, when the pandemic becomes just a horrible memory. It just gives us something to look forward to, even if it isn’t in the near future.
I did look into the status of permits at the PCTA website, and was surprised to see that they would be issued for 2021! Sadly, we have no plans to participate in any Pacific Crest Trail activities, in 2021, but might enjoy watching others attempt this journey?
Take care and be safe!
2021 Hike # ; 4
Hike Distance: 7.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 881 feet
Yearly Hike Distance: 31.1 miles
Yearly Elevation Gain: 3846 feet
Quite a bit of rain today, and the roads are being damaged from the runoff. Not much exciting about this hike, except that we got out and exercised.
The big deal today was that the road veered around a corner, and we looked up to see a herd of 4 elk!!! Unfortunately, they ran off before I could get my phone out to take a photo. 😦 And then, we walked further, only to see a deer on the road, and it also darted away from us. It really sucks to see such wonderful wildlife and have no proof of it. Well, it’s burned into our minds.
2021 Hike # ; 2
Hike Distance: 7.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 954 feet
Yearly Hike Distance: 15.1 miles
Yearly Elevation Gain: 1753 feet
I finally saw an Elk, and unfortunately got a crappy photo of it. Yes, I took the picture but the quality is very bad, and grainy. The zoom on my smartphone doesn’t yield high quality photos but I’m happy just the same, and happy to post it on this site. I’m probably going to start carrying my mirrorless camera on more hikes, which will increase my chances of higher quality photos.