"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw

"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A-Z 2015 Challenge along with Six Words and Sunday Shadows!

J is for Jaunty Journey
There are few words in Spanish
that begin with the letter J....
Yesterday we took a Jaunty Journey
( otherwise known as a short 7 mile hike)
at Castle Crags State Park.
 We chose to hike the 7 mile round trip
 Flume trail and it was a glorious
day to be hiking!
Stomp over Here  to see more Six Words
Or scamper over Here  for Shadow Shots!
Happy Days to you what ever you do! 
Flume Trail April 10, 2015
Mother Nature plays pick up sticks....
Flume Trail April 10, 2015
Ferns with Dogwood trees blooming.
Close up of Dogwood blossoms.
 Rushing creek with Indian Rhubarb blooming.
Close up of Indian Rhubarb blooming. 

 Hikers reward seeing the Castle Crags!
These mountains never fail to amaze me.
 Our view while eating our lunch!
We were even on the PCT for awhile!
We crossed quite a few creeks
and since it was warm we did
 not mind getting our feet a bit wet!
Final photo...what a great day!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Beautiful area. And seven miles means you got a workout.

Ralph said...

Nature is so powerful that trees were tossed so casually about as if we were tossing about matchsticks. I cannot easily comprehend that massive power of nature. The strength of nature though allows for a rugged beauty that awes our senses - what a great day for a hike!

Mlissabeth said...

Looks like a great day!

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Absolutely incredible! This would be a adventure and a half!

Great 'J' day for you!! (smile)

Celia said...

What beautiful hike. Looks like lovely weather as well.

restlessjo said...

That's a hike I would love, Kathe! And that view! :) I'm thinking I saw some Indian Rhubarb or something like it on our cliff tops the other day, but I could be mistaken. The dogwoods look lovely. Don't you love Spring? :)

messymimi said...

Such a lovely jaunt! Thank you for sharing it with us.

Leovi - La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta said...

Wonderful pictures, nice place for a walk, excellent!

Stephen Hayes said...

How thrilling to be out enjoying this marvelous landscape.

Keith's ramblings said...

Wow, that looks amazing!

Romi C said...

Sounds like a great day.The dogwood blossoms are beautiful.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Such a wonderful world for hiking. So many beautififul views and lots of green.

Sandee said...

How fun. I would have loved this day too.

Have a fabulous Sunday my friend. Scritches to Miss Lucy. :)

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I haven't seen a dogwood in bloom for a number of years. Thanks for the photo.

Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio said...

Nice treat at the end of the hike! I'l bet that forest is scary at night though.

NatureFootstep said...

a great hike to enjoy for a long time. Beautiful scenery.

If you like trees n bushes I have a new meme for them. On my blog nfmacro.blogspot.com. New edition tomorrow if you like. :)

Cathy Kennedy said...

I wouldn't call 7-miles a short hike. lol This looks like a beautiful place. I didn't know where this is until I asked Google. I knew it had to be somewhere out west, though by the mountains and I was right. I'm in East Tennessee. We have the Smoky Mountains (45-minutes)south of us and that's our favorite weekend retreat. It looks like you had a gorgeous day! It's nice meeting you through the A2Z hop (by way of Alex J Cavanaugh).

Anonymous said...

Lovely photos! Those Castle Crags are beautiful! Sounds like a wonderful hike.

NC Sue said...

Beautiful photos.
I, too, hate those word verifications. Thank you for not using them. I've found that moderating comments takes very little time.
I'd love to invite you to join in on this week's Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday) linky:

Gillena Cox said...


much love...

Anonymous said...

Any hike that ends at a waterfall's OK by me.