30 8 / 2014

25 8 / 2014

Lifting weights :)

Lifting weights :)

24 8 / 2014

Sanborn trail

Sanborn trail

24 8 / 2014

Algae pond

Algae pond

11 8 / 2014

It has been three consecutive weekends and we are at Big Basin hiking  trails one after the other. The enthusiasm to get out on Saturday mornings for a day long hike seems extemporaneous. We packed our bags with some water and light snacks and headed to Big Basin Redwoods state park. 

Last two times we were there, we covered Gazos Creek trail (12 miles) and the Meteor trail (8.5 miles loop). Off those two we liked the verdant Meteor trail the most, quiescence was characteristic of this route. If you ever want a piece of Zen, you should hike up to Meteor trail and find yourself a spot in between the gigantic redwood groves. It seems like the grand old trees narrate allegorical stories to every hiker through their whispers.  

This time we wanted a hike that had greater elevation, we chose a 9 mile hike to Buzzard Roost and back. We headed up the “Skyline to the Sea” trail and followed directions to Pine Mountain trail. The trail was less occupied as it was after three in the afternoon and most people were well on their way back. Some of them hinted us to keep an account of the total time it would take for us to get to where we wanted to go and return back before sunset. This hike had a steeper climb to make up for the elevation. It was less greener than Meteor trail on the way. Streams were trickling with very little water reminding us of the drought California is going through. Once we crossed East Ridge trail service road, we continued the trail towards Pine mountain. It started to get very scenic as we continued to hike up the hill, I bet we had covered around 5 miles just going up. Some of the view points on the way had spectacular views of the hills and the pine trees that blanket the Santa Cruz hills. There are boards all over mentioning about Ocean views. We are yet to get a glimpse of the pacific blue as “Karl" keeps interfering. We promised ourselves we would be back again next week overlooking another beautiful peak from Big Basin.

03 8 / 2014

Another 6.5 mile hike.

Another 6.5 mile hike.

28 7 / 2014

Happy birthday Geethu

Happy birthday Geethu

28 7 / 2014

Big basin hike

Big basin hike

19 7 / 2014

Summer outdoor movie watching

Summer outdoor movie watching

17 7 / 2014

Point Reyes light house #latergram

Point Reyes light house #latergram