Hiked August 9, 2017
Yet another day of short hikes, two in Ventura and one in Oxnard. Summertime is the perfect time for short hikes and cool ocean breezes.
Ventura Botanical Gardens: 3 miles
Emma Wood State Beach: 2 miles
Silver Strand Beach: 2 1/2 miles
Total: 7 1/2 miles
I have decided to retire this blog and move on to other things. I will continue to hike and take photos, and maybe once in a blue moon I’ll post a new entry, just to keep it alive. I wish you all well. May your journeys be safe, fun and fulfilling.
Thanks for reading,
A day of short hikes. I visited four bodies of water – Hollywood Reservoir, Echo Park Lake, Silver Lake Reservoir and Lake Balboa. All were unique in their own way.
Hollywood Reservoir – 3.6 miles
Echo Park Lake – 1 mile
Silver Lake Reservoir – 3.2 miles
Lake Balboa – 1.75 miles
Total – Around 9 1/2 miles
It was five years ago to the day that I hiked this same trail. Like then, I began in the late afternoon and ended after dark. My plan, to make it up to Buzzards Roost Ranch and then down to a high spot to take in the fireworks show off of Broad Beach. My previous hike was marred by thick fog. I couldn’t see a thing. This year the skies were clear.
Hiking Distance: Around 8 miles
I began my day at San Marcos Foothills Preserve, a newer hiking destination in Santa Barbara. There are about six miles of trails running through a former a cattle ranch. It’s also super easy to get to, located just a few minutes drive from the 101 Freeway. Afterward I toured Lotusland, an amazing, private botanical garden. One must make a reservation at Lotusland.org before arriving.
Total Hiking Distance: Six miles at San Marcos Preserve and three hours of wandering through Lotusland.