We had a great hike yesterday. Our back country is so pretty in the fall. The sycamore leaves were starting to turn. The sky was crystal clear. I love how you can walk in the shade or contour into a small canyon and feel a blast of cold leftover from the night before. The coolness really feels good when it's 80 out in the sun.
We started at the creek crossing just before Nira, then turned off at Potrero Camp up the Potrero trail toward Hurricane Deck. Hurricane Deck itself was yellowed from the summer and with such a clear sky you could see every ridge.
There was a little green grass in the meadow from the rains. I love that meadow. It's so pretty with the oaks and the interesting rock formations all around.
We spent a lot of time in the sun, baking in the warmth and gorging on delicious marzipan cake and sandwiches that Bernard brought. He even brought wine, but I guess most of us prefer to start drinking a little later in the day, because nobody wanted to open it.
Despite our 8AM start time we didn't get home until about 4PM. But nobody minded. They lingered so long at lunch it was clear that nobody really wanted to go back. That's how nice it was back there.