On Saturday we went to southern Humboldt for most of the day. It's about an hour and 45 minute drive, on some crazy pot-holed curvy roads (yikes!), but it was worth it. There's an old railroad track that you can walk on for a good stretch, so that's what we did. It was a gorgeous day, sunny and 72 or so (it never gets that warm where we are in the north part of the county) and the tracks go along the river. Really pretty spot, and a lot different than northern Humboldt too. Nice change of pace.
Tons of wildflowers were blooming, including lupines, sweet peas, and a bunch of stuff I don't know. There were a LOT of irises also, feral flowers?
The fennel was starting to come out too, man that stuff smells soooo good- definitely one of my favorites.
Not much bird-wise other than a huge amount of orange-crowned warblers establishing territories so they were singing their little hearts out. Couldn't manage to get a good picture though, they were all blocked by vegetation.
The tracks were looking pretty rough and there were a couple spots we had to work to maneuver around. I should have taken a picture of some of these areas, totally sketchy looking. The tracks hit an old bridge about two miles in. We would have liked to keep going but it was getting late and the bridge didn't seem completely trustworthy. I'm sure it was fine, but I got about half way across and there was a loud creak and the part i was stepping on sank an inch so I decided I'd turn around. I don't mind heights one bit if I'm roped in, but otherwise I get a little wimpy.
I took a bunch of bridge photos that I'll put in another post, but here's a couple for now. The sun was so bright and a little too harsh for great photos but I'm just happy it was sunny and warm all day! Outdoor Wednesday