Yesterday, I took myself out of the house to hike. Not a super long hike, but it was steep and outside and there were views involved. The hike goes to the Wind Caves above the Gaviota Beach but I planned to keep myself out of the house after for a lunch somewhere because it’s the weekend and I haven’t been out in a while. What’s up with that weird blog post title? I’ll get to that in a minute.
Since I haven’t been outside the house except to work or work out there were a few false starts. I got to the car and realized I had no water. Rookie mistake and a bad one to make.
Back inside for water.
Then, I realized I’d brought my camera and lip gloss, but no backpack for hiking. Sheesh!
Back inside to switch purse for light backpack suitable for short day hikes.
I get to the end of the street in our neighborhood and I realize I’m warm. For the first time in weeks, I’m warm and it’s sunny out here folks. So warm I knew I’d be sweaty and gross and hot in no time. While Mr. Man is not on this hike – he’s at work – I still don’t want to be completely gross when I’m finished with the hike. One shower today please, not two or three.
So, back inside to change into shorts.
Finally I get to the parking lot and I’ve got everything I need. The hike starts out on a paved section that must have been a side road to the highway at one point.
This hike is just a few ticks off the 101 so you can hear the cars going by, but no big deal. Further on, I saw small rock slides likely due to all the rain we’ve been having.
You can see the hiking path in the distance here.
Soon, the pavement ends and I head up a steep hill. Every time I turn around, I can see the ocean and the bridge over Gaviota beach.
Turn to look up the hill and you can see the wind caves.
It’s a popular hike apparently because those caves were filled with noisy families and kids, so after a bit of confusion at the first ridge – turn left, not toward the caves you can see. I continued on and got to see some lovely dead trees. I don’t know why these make me happy. They are DEAD after all, but I find them lovely. The wood exposed and twisty. They seem majestic to me.
I stopped at the first wind cave. It was lovely – scratched up by stupid people in some places – but still lovely.
It was nice to be out in the sunshine finally after a long, hard, cold winter (giggle).
Oh, so what about that post title? Oddly, when I got back to the house after lunch I discovered a stick in my shorts and glitter bits in my hair! I did nothing glittery and I didn’t climb any trees so I can’t imagine how I got those things but there they were. Steve’s my witness, he pulled several pieces of glitter out of my hair later. No clue.