In this magical part of the year, when spring flowers are blooming and the summer heat has not yet begun, we strode out to ride from the Live Oak Camp and explore new trails. The sky was overcast, a slight breeze was blowing, and we had a goal to ride a slightly longer trail than recently. We succeeded.
In 3 hours we covered 7.4 miles, and a very nice time was had by all.
Seeing the lake on the horizon is so special. Just as we relish living on the coastline, the Edge of the Continent, having a lake to circumnavigate enhances our rides. Created in 1953 by the creation of the Bradbury Dam, a mountain valley became the main reservoir for drinking water for the city of Santa Barbara.
And in another direction, resting underneath an old oak tree, was a deer.
It is somewhat humbling to ride a hyper-aware prey animal and pay attention to the things that catch his eye, things a mere human works hard to see.
We started to rise up above lake level and I chose this scenic backdrop for the souvenir portraits.
Jamie on Mosca
Rigo on Marcos
Noë on Huarache
Eric on Renegade
and of course Pat on Tobe Mule
A fine crew.
We continued to wind around, seeing lovely views, partly on a trail I had not been on for several years.
The smell of the sage and artemisia, California sagebrush, especially on a moist day, adds a further dimension to the experience. If only blogs could have scratch-and-sniff.
But all too soon we were back at the river
He is always ready for any annoyance on the trail.
And I appreciate very much his willingness to be my legs, to transform this Sagittarius born in the year of the Horse into a Centaur.
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