Yes, it’s no call Tuesday. Mid year I declared Tuesdays are now my day, a day without interruption (Exception – my son Lane’s call). A day to get caught up. Or a day to do something fun. Or, like right now, to just let the day unfold going over a bunch of throw away photos from yesterday’s morning hike. I don’t know if I’m going to pick up my camera today and I don’t want to wait until to the end of the day to post a blog photo.
What a great day I had. Early morning hike with friends. Katya helped me buy some holiday clothes and made the dreaded shopping excursion painless. xxoo Katya. Lunch at Native Food with Jen and Katya. Home. Out with Ray while he walked a few holes of golf while I tagged along with my camera. Then, Dexter!!!!
I lead Saturday hikes for the Mission Hills CC in-season. Today was our second hike since the “Snowbirds” returned to the desert. I don’t know what your weather is like but here in the desert our days are incredibly beautiful.
This morning’s hike began around 8am. There were 10 of us. I enjoyed having Jen join us this morning. A few of today’s hikers will be joining Jen, Ann, me, and Katya on a 7am hike tomorrow morning.
More photos from today’s hike HERE.
Yes, this video is 10 minutes long. I’m glad I took the time to watch it.
After four hours of manhandling the three unwieldy legs of the tripod, our crippled hands managed to find a way to finally get a smooth video dolly shot. Thanks to my star, Stacy (who needs to remember lyrics better:-)).
Groggy and half asleep, we meet at 5:45 am and walk in the alley behind the Vons shopping center parking lot to get to the trailhead. It’s dark and it’s scary in the alley. We walk in silence because we are still in that morning, “don’t talk to me mode”. Until… we reach the window where the 50s and up are enthusiastically moving in the Jazzercise class led by a most energetic man, standing on some elevated structure up front. Then, through the laughter, conversations begin. We find ourselves saying, “Wow, they’re really into this”. No judgment here as we make our way up the hill.
We don’t usually hike in the afternoon but I’m glad I didn’t let the dark clouds stop me from meeting Jen at 3:30pm today.
I’d emailed Jen saying I would be bringing my camera and a small old (lighter) 420 Speedlite flash and Honlphoto 1/2CTO 1/4 cut I velcro attached to the flash head, hoping to match the flash light color with any orange hue from a sunset colored sky.
It turned out we shot more than we hiked. But neither of us cared.
And now here are some photos Jen Clark shot of me.