A Rainy Day Adventure

I love rainy days. Yesterday was an especially great rainy day. I arrived at work to find that the power at the winery was out and not coming back anytime soon. We closed down early  and I was left with the rest of an entire day to myself. 

With camera in tow, and a baseball hat to protect myself from the minor elements, I set out for a hike. 

The trail is pretty much right behind my in-laws’ home. I stopped to say hi to Raz, the 23 year old Arabian horse. I think he was curious about my camera, but mostly wondering why I hadn’t brought him a carrot. Next time, buddy.

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The rain and mist created a beautiful fog on the mountain. The tops of the trees were barely visible, and it made everything feel quiet, reflective, and a little bit magical.

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On clear days you can see most of the valley from this vantage point. But we still have further to go.

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Not exactly a vertical ascent, but I had to take quite a few breaks! I blame the heavy camera, even though it probably only weighs 8 pounds.

Have you seen a vineyard, before its really a vineyard? Does that make it a yard I guess? Well here is the very, very beginning of what will someday be vines and plantings. I love how creepy this looks! I admit to kind of looking around for any Children of the Corn. 

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Ok can you believe the color and texture of this tree bark? It was insane! I don’t know if deer are eating it or if this is part of its natural shedding process, but whatever’s going on is pretty darn neat. This photo is completely untouched.

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So towards the end of this hike as I was huffing a little more than I’d like to admit I stopped and rested with my hands on my knees. I turned around to look behind me and immediately saw this about 15 feet away. Don’t ask me how. 

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I was excited to be on the way back to the house, since about midway through the hike I realized my boots were not waterproof! Lesson learned! I had to stop and say hi to Razzy one more time. And I made sure to bring him some yummy grass for a snack.

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Tea and movie time were waiting for me with Mama and Papa -inlaw. Have I mentioned that I LOVE hanging out with my in-laws? Weird, I know. I went for a quick grocery store run with Cara, their German shepherd, in tow. She had her first ever taste of White Cheddar Cheetos and I’d say it was quite a success. Papa, Hubs, and yours truly finished off the rest of the bag. 

For more information about hiking in Sonoma, visit Sonoma County Hiking Trails

 

I hope you’re having a great week, whatever the weather brings.

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