My new favorite walk – especially at sunset – minus the snake

So, a couple of weeks ago, I decided to walk at lunch time instead of doing the gym thing. I have a goal of visiting the beach every week. I know it sounds weird because after all – it’s just a few blocks away – but be honest. How many of you have amazing, lovely natural  spaces near you that you ignore week after week? I can’t tell you how many times in Colorado I would run across a person who had been there for years and never gone hiking.

How can you live like that?

We’re so lucky in America to have all this space, all these parks, and all this natural beauty – get your butts out there and see it!

OK, rant over (for now). So, I went for a walk down to the Arroyo Burro beach, hung out for awhile, watching the kids and the dogs play in the surf, and I started back when I noticed a little path and a bridge off to the right.

Hey, I’ll take the bait, I thought. So, I crossed the bridge and headed up the trail thinking – this has got to lead to open space on the bluff over the ocean that I see from the beach. I was right too.

Eventually, after hiking up and running across a little black snake (which oddly was nearly the same day I posted on my snake dreams), I came across a wide open space. I could smell the eucalyptus trees and the ocean. Later, I found a sign that indicated this is the Douglas Family Preserve.

The bluffs here are simply beautiful.

Bluffs of Douglas Family Preserve

The ocean is amazing to listen to and watch.

Bluffs of Douglas Family Preserve

Bluffs of Douglas Family Preserve

Last weekend, I took Steve to see the park and he snapped this shot of the Rodeo parked next to the eucalyptus trees to show you how big these things get!

Rodeo parked by eucalyptus trees

It’s so pretty nearing sunset too.

Bluffs of Douglas Family Preserve

I still can’t believe I live here.

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A mother, sister, wife, and daughter who writes, knits, hikes, and practices yoga on the west coast. Loves a zippy chardonnay or a tart margarita!


  1. Rachael
    September 15, 2012

    ginnie that is so cool i can’t wait to see you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. […] While my girls were here, Rebecca and I found a stairway down to the beach near our street. So we took it and hiked all the way along the beach to Hendrey’s beach. This beach runs along the Douglas preserve, where I love to see the sunset. […]

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