This weekend we hiked Morgan Territory, which is only twenty-five minutes east from the house. It was breathtaking and really diverse. There were creek beds, pastures, desert-esque terrain and the most gorgeous view of the Sierra's. We could see the snow capped Sierra's miles away...amazing!
Thomas is a great hiker, he usually pulls his own wait, but the occasional shoulder ride does happen. And yes, Tommy is wearing large green socks.
This was taken in one of the creek beds when we started.
Beautiful light + beautiful kid = great picture
Thomas hitching a ride up the pasture. At the top of this peak is where you could see the Sierra's. Mt. Diablo, the highest peak in the Bay Area, was straight north of us.
Picture does not do it justice!
Up close of cool hole in rock.
Weird because there is nothing above them, tree limb, to drip down to erode into a perfect hole. Possibly human made?
This would be Mt. Diablo. Morgan Territory and Mt. Diablo State Park are connected via several hiking trails.
Teaching moment really the entire hike was a teaching moment but this one had a specific subject, a cricket. Thomas has been fascinated recently by the sounds of crickets. When we walk Mable in the afternoon he can hear them best. Once out in the pasture he could hear the crickets but he has never actually seen one. We happened to spot one hopping up the hill. He was pretty ticked when the (scared for his life) cricket refused to make a sound.
"DANCE PUPPET, DANCE!"
It had these amazing grooves and auburn red color.
The oneseler would have left the Lorax's trees alone if he had seen these.
A view of one of the valleys we had just traversed. We started at 2000 feet and went down to around 1400 feet and back up again to 2000, encompassing about 4.5 miles. Great Hike!