Folks are always telling to me to go take a hike (although I don't think it is meant in a nice way) so I decided to take a Super Bowl Sunday hike. The weather was windy and cool, perfect for a sometimes-strenuous walk in the nearby hills. The Missus declined to go so off I went by myself.
This is a hike that I've blogged about before so if it looks familiar, congratulations, you are a long-time reader of Citizen Grouch! The hike is a 5 mile loop with a one mile round trip from the parking area to the trail. Most of the walk is on old oil field access roads although some is on skinny, steep trails. I finished the walk with an average speed of about 2.5 MPH which isn't too bad considering how steep some of the trail was.
|This strange fruit or vegetable was growing wild along the trail. The animals seemed to enjoy it, there was evidence of half eaten bits everywhere.|
|Looking back up the road from where I had come down from the ridge.|
|Lunch spot! Right there on the that very log.|
|Scenic sights along the way|
|Love that rugged western look|
|Now it is getting really steep!|
|Evidence of the prior oil field era. Crude oil that leaked out of a pipe over the years and solidified when exposed to the open air.|
|An oil field artifact|