Mr F and I hiked in Topanga State Park today. We only walked about 6 miles, but it was one of the first hot days of the summer -with temps in the 80’s – so it felt as though we walked much further.
I love the smell of the canyons on a hot day, how the sweat just pours down your back, face, and hair to mix with the dust that’s blowing around you, how grateful you feel when you stand under one of the few shade trees on the path and sometimes manage to catch a slight breeze, and love how tired and *good* you feel after a hike.
We’ve had such a cool wet spring, that the hillsides are lush, and still covered with wildflowers, which attracted many varieties of butterflies today.
People are allowed to ride horses on the trails. On a hot day like today, you can smell the horses for a long time after they’ve passed you.
We walked three miles to this beautiful spot above Santa Monica
We sat on this bench overlooking the ocean and Santa Monica to eat our picnic: a simple meal of almond butter on whole wheat bread, fresh fruit, almonds, pistachios and dried Blenheim apricots.
The last time we ate a picnic overlooking the ocean we were hiking the Cinque Terre in Italy.
We bought the salami and cheese from this van, which came to town once a week. I have never eaten such fresh, tasty salami, or cheese; and the grapes were so delicious that to quote my late Father, they were “out of this world!”