I snapped a photo this morning while Donna was having her morning coffee. Her reflection wasn't quite bright enough but a flashlight took care of that. Amazing what you can do with a phone camera and a flashlight.
Well I pushed a little too hard on my Saturday hike and now I'm laying on the sofa recovering. The Santa Monica Mountains are proving to be a tougher challenge than I had anticipated. I got in about 3.5 hours of hiking, covering almost 2,000 vertical feet.
The weather was unusually gloomy but since Saturday was our only day off together, we decided to explore a new hike in the Santa Monica mountains. Donna tested a bridge to make sure it was safe for me to cross. She was also kind enough to pretend that she couldn't keep my pace on the climbs.
One thing I love about hiking, instead of biking, is that you get to notice all the tiny details along the way - like an ant on a flower, fossils that serve as evidence that the shoreline used to be 1,500 feet above where it is now, and drops of water preserved from yesterday's rainfall.
Donna grilled some great chicken breast which I had over spinach with tomato for lunch, while sitting in a parking lot across from the office. It proved to be so filling that I wanted to take a nap afterward.
We concluded Sunday's ride at the beach which proved to be a great place to cool off in the 80-degree weather. Donna has really been warm from the steroids she's on to shake off the poison oak so the cool ocean breeze felt especially good to her.
We got off to a slow start today but despite shaking off the bronchitis I had to get out for a bike ride... something we haven't done in ages. We ventured out to the Ojai bike path and got in about 20-25 miles.