We Californians truly enjoy our outdoor lifestyle. Staying indoors is contrary to many of our wishes. When rains come hard, accompanied with high winds, it's only prudent to hunker down and stay off the roads, out of harm's way. But when the rain stops.....ah, that's when we remember once again what a glorious place we have to call home.
Today dawned clear, the first in many days, so my husband (who works at home on Wednesdays) and I took advantage of the opportunity for a long lunch. We borrowed Tanner who loves these adventures as much as we do, and off we went to explore and enjoy some of my favorite trails in The Presidio in San Francisco.
Our trek today started at Inspiration Point, a scant 10-minute drive from our home. From there we walked across the upper reaches of the parkland, where the trails are a bit wilder and more remote than at the main post or at Crissy Field at the edge of the bay. Our destination was Immigrant Point, a beautiful overlook where one can gaze out across the Pacific Ocean to the Marin hills.
The trails, as expected, were muddy, and the air crisp and cool. In the more sheltered spots, the sun was gently warm.
What I didn't expect was seeing just how many trees had come down in the last week or two of storms.
Around almost every bend we'd see branches down, stumps of trees. The work crews had done a great job of opening up trails, but several were still closed due to trees that had fallen across them and hadn't been cleared yet.
We came home a couple of hours later, refreshed and happy. One of us was definitely more muddy than the other two since that one loves puddles of all shapes and sizes, from ones that just wet his feet, to those where he actually swims!
The long lunch break was great; I had worked all morning at the computer and was now refreshed both physically and mentally, ready for an afternoon of learning at a symposium sponsored by the Women's Council of Realtors and an evening at the computer.
Life in San Francisco - always a treat, always an adventure.