Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Holiday Hike

This weekend, we went for a hike in the Orange County hills of Crystal Cove State Park.

Along the way, we passed by some interesting landscape.

Is it just me, or this cactus giving us a 'warm greeting'? 

We stumbled upon a sun bathing lizard and a little jack rabbit with a white fluffy tail (who unfortunately did not want his picture taken.)  But luckily, the lizard posed for my camera.

We hiked all the way to the ocean, where the seaside breeze cooled us off. 

Sometimes the most pleasant afternoon is one spent outdoors.  I hope you all had a very relaxing Labor Day.  



janice15 said...

Looks like a wonderful hike, I do indeed think the cactus was giving you a warm welcome...to bad the bunny didn't want his photo taken and nice that the lizard said okay...beautiful photos. Lovely day...with love Janice

Vintage Jane said...

This looks like the most wonderful day. Can you send a little of that sunshine over here please ... !

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hi Jess! Oh how I miss the ocean of my youth. Malibu and Redondo were my hangouts, but your view out there was probably part of my galavanding around Orange County during my high school days! Happy day! Anita

It's me said...

Wowwww what a great trip you have had !!!...love from me...xxx...

NanaDiana said...

Jess-What a great day trip. Love the cactus and the lizard..and I will believe you saw a rabbit even if you can't prove it!;>) xo Diana

Barefoot in Blue Jeans said...

Spectacular view...worth the climb!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jess,

Looks like you had a wonderful day out hiking, love how blue the sky is.

Happy week

magie said...

I agree, it is lovely to spend the day doing something in the great outdoors :) It looks like a great place to go for a hike. I am looking forward to taking the little one out on walks soon, we have some nice little walk paths around here.
What a friendly little cactus indeed, looks like he is giving a little wave :P
Have a lovely day today x

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Jess et all,

This is funny, we seem to be lizard minded... Ha-ha! Nothing to do with Labor Day but just coincidence that today I posted about them too.
Great post and lovely photos that tell their own stories.
Hugs to all of you,

Mary Smither said...

What a beautiful walk!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your visit. You are right. We are similar! I am inspired to go on the hike now that I've seen it. Driven by many times. I am now a follower too and will be back again soon.

Warm Wishes,
Karen Eileen

D said...

I have been out of town and just checked in with my blog. Thank you so much for your sweet comment about my daddy's poem. It meant so much to me.
Also, I enjoyed the stroll you took in your post today. It made me smile.
Loved the cactus waving and glad Mr. Lizard let you take his picture.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Hello Jess,
What a great hike on such a beautiful day.. Great photos.
Thank you so much for coming over for a visit and leaving such a sweet note for me.

oldthings said...

You had a wonderful walk ! The view to ocean is so nice !
I saw that you had a bright sun , a blue sky and a boundless sea ...
You live in Greece with these !!!! Here this nature we have and a strong heart and a big smile ! Thank you for your sweet comment .

Aida said...

Great photos! The lizzard is the cutest!:)


Mimi said...

SOME ONE from Orange County told me the state park has beach houses(HUTS) for rent there.....I checked......I do not live in Calif so doubt it applies to me....but hiking in the park looks like alot of fun!!
Good for you guys for doing this!!I was SHOCKED to see a cactus in Calif and so close to the ocean!!!
he was waving by the way!!!the cactus!!