Because I had agreed to meet Barry at 12:30 for lunch, I knew that I had to get an early start on the day and couldn’t go far from home. I decided to hike the Meyers Homestead Trail at Walker Ranch and got there before 7. The trail is just eight miles from here — but a world apart from civilization.
This is the Meyers Homestead Trail because Andrew Meyers homesteaded this land in 1890. Here is where he lived:
It’s been almost two years since I had been there. What I remember most was feasting on ripe raspberries along the trail, so it must have been in the fall. I didn’t see any today, but nature more than made up for it.
At 6:30 just as I started up into the foothills I saw a fox along the road. A bit later I saw this deer also along the road:
Even more deer and rabbits came into view, but not into my viewfinder today. But the birds, bees, and butterflies were plentiful. This bird chattered as much as any that I ever heard, probably to draw my attention away from her chicks.
Of course, I saw wildflowers too! The predominant flower was this one that I had to look up to identify.
At the end of the trail the views of the Rockies and Boulder Canyon were my reward today. Another reward was a bench where I sat to contemplate nature and read. I shared the bench with this critter:
Today’s hike was only 5.2 miles, a short, easy one because of my appointment to meet Barry for lunch. And in another way Barry also figured in my hike, because a couple of weeks ago he gave me a mini-tripod. I used it today to take this picture: