Playing in the forest

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Kees a hiker and photographer, age 4.732. UCSC redwoods
The other day my lady planned an afternoon walk in the woods followed by a wonderful picnic. This sounds nice, Ya?  A storm just passed and everything was wet.  It was cold and crisp; it felt like it was about to snow.

This is what we like most about the area we live in.   It doesn’t take anymore than ten minutes to get to the top surf spots and beaches, pristine redwood groves or world-class rolling mountain bike trails.

Anyway, we picked the kids up from school at 3:00 then headed off to Nisene Marks State Park, located across town that merely took ten minutes. The kids, wrapped in Gortex and had already donned their galoshes were given free reign to splash in the muddy puddles.

We walked for a very cold 30-minute round trip passing the swollen Aptos creek.
UCSC upper campus. Redwood Grove. Sunset after rain.
  The fallen limbs, colorful leaves, wet moss and the noticeable lack of people reinforced our love for the forest.

If you have kids, you know 30 minutes is pretty much the limit for a hike without a snack. Tess’ well-planned out picnic was the antidote for a hard day of work and that grueling pre-school routine the kids go through.

The woven rattan picnic basket revealed fresh grapes, clementines, pita chips, a baguette, cheddar cubes, a nice Camembert and a half finished bottle of French red wine.  I guess that was my treat.

With a wet and cold butt and dusk lurking nearby, it was time to go.

It is days like this when I think, “Wow Santa Cruz is a great home base.”  I want to do what ever I can to preserve what I have for all to enjoy.

Here are some photos from another impromptu hike up on the UC Santa Cruz campus in November.  

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