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A Maino open space hike

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One of my favorite hikes. I haven't done this one for a while because it's just long enough to worry me about my knees. It used to take me about an hour and five minutes to complete. Yesterday it took almost an hour and a half, and that was with the assistance of my lovely new walking stick. Mr. Stick did his job! He made it easier for me to get down steep steps and up awkward slopes and across muddy patches. Mainly, with Mr. Stick I had three legs, two of which were always on the ground. This made my balance more secure. I was also able to use him to lean on, to reduce some of the force on my left leg.

All of this makes it sound like I should be in a wheelchair. My daughters joke about getting me one because I usually fail in shopping malls. But the thing is that there is a big difference in surfaces. It is  much easier for me to manage uneven dirt than asphalt or vinyl flooring or especially concrete. I can do this hike much more easily than I can traverse even a short distance in a shopping mall.

The opening picture is near the entrance, which is a gate just off a freeway offramp (highway 101) in San Luis Obispo. The trail has been completed and maintained by the City of San Luis Obispo, with the help of various conservaion groups.

Just as I start up the hill I see this tree. I love to go under it, to enjoy the dappled sunshine under the leaves. One day I'll have a filter I can put on my camera so I can reproduce how extraordinarily beautiful it is in real life:

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These folks passed me near the beginning of the trail.

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I don't enjoy crowds, and when there are other hikers around I usually try to let them pass. On this hike I saw many cars at the entrance but not too many people on the trail. That's probably because a lot of people take different routes.

I'll never get tired of these trees.

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You can see parts of San Luis Obispo from many places on the trail.

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You can also hear the noise of traffic, of course. It doesn't bother me.

Sometimes fence posts can add.

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Just a patch of path:

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If I turn around and look  uphill as I get near the end of the trail I see this:

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That's San Luis Obispo Mountain, known locally as Madonna Mountain. Many people climb it often. I used to climb it almost once a week. Now I am hoping I will have the stuff to climb it on Easter morning, with hundreds of other people. On that particular day I don't mind the company.

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attelage
Jan. 8th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
You really live in a beautiful place!
I love hilly places. Some day I want to visit.
=)
judith
Jan. 8th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
I hope you do. I am deeply attached to this place, which makes it hard for me to think of moving to Las Vegas.
attelage
Jan. 8th, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC)
Why would anyone even think of moving to Las Vegas? Yikes!!
judith
Jan. 9th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
It does seem freaky, I know. But that's where my daughters are,and where at least one of them is likely to stay for quite a while.

I can live anywhere but the easy access to beauty is something I will miss if I move to LV. There is beauty there, some of it spectacular,but it isn't just up the block from where one lives.
dangerouslysane
Jan. 9th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
Wow! I'd heard that San Luis Obispo was really nice, but these pics are just so lovely! Particularly liked the tree with the cascade of golden leaves on the right side of the exposure.

Thanks for bringing the camera on the hike & using it!
judith
Jan. 9th, 2006 02:18 am (UTC)
I always bring the camera! I take so many pix and then look at them and sigh...and leave them on my computer. I rarely do anything with them, yet I am compelled to take them. Funny.
dangerouslysane
Jan. 9th, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)
Well, I'm really glad you have that compulsion! It's a good one!
Really--nice job!
judith
Jan. 9th, 2006 02:35 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I am glad I chose to share a few this time.
dangerouslysane
Jan. 9th, 2006 02:54 am (UTC)
That makes two of us (at least!)
evilmomlady
Jan. 9th, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
Great pics! How great is LJ? Because of it we can all share in the beauty that is near your home.
judith
Jan. 10th, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
I was just thinking about that yesterday, how a journal is so different from other ways of expressing oneself,and how LJ in particular promotes a close kind of community.
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