2016 Jan 22 – Day 12 – California and Beyond

Day 12 – January 22 – Carlsbad, CA – Day 7

When one wants to sit in the sunshine and read one’s book and the deck off the livingroom is in the shade, one must move to the bedroom deck and find the unshaded space. Ya gotta’ do what ya gotta’ do.

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Meanwhile I was hard at work on the Loveable Labs puzzle.IMG_4606An unanticpated urge for some exercise had us leaving the condo at four o’clock.  We had noticed on the geo-cache map that there were several caches in a row just off the Aviara Parkway; which is a main road that runs along the top end of the resort.  We walked up the hill to the Parkway only to discover that the caches appeared to be inside a gated community.

We decided to walk up the road  aways and see if there was another access.  Just across the street there was a steep stairway going up the bank. At the top was one of the many trails in the area. We took note of the warning sign and, remaining mostly on the main path, we set out to find the caches.

IMG_4557 IMG_4542The view at the top of the first point was pretty nice even with the evening smog rolling in.

IMG_4543We were only able to find two of the four caches that were hidden along this trail.  For the two we were unable to find there were a lot of DNFs (Did Not Find) posted on the geo-cache log site so we think they have been muggled (picked up by non-geo-cache folks – credit to J.K. Rowling for the word) or moved, or perhaps buried under some hydro-seeding that has taken place here recently.

IMG_4551IMG_4554IMG_4553IMG_4566There had obviously been a fire in the area as there were many gnarly, blackened shrubs and bushes.

IMG_4577 IMG_4579 IMG_4581 IMG_4586 IMG_4564 IMG_4563We walked to the end of the trail and used the geo-cache maps on our phones to find the route back to the condo.  We travelled a nice loop actually and had a good walk.

As is usual for me I had to take photos of some pretty flowers along the way.

IMG_4558 As I was taking a picture of this flower the driver of a truck that had just come out of a nearby storage yard pulled over and asked me if I knew the name of the plant.  When I said no he told me it was called a Lemonade Plant as the Indians used it to make a lemonade-like drink.  
IMG_4587  IMG_4588 IMG_4590 IMG_4593 IMG_4596By the time we were almost home the sun had set and it was getting dark.  This did create some nice silhouettes of the palm trees though.

IMG_4598IMG_4600It didn’t take us long to chop some veggies, dice some chicken and make a yummy stir-fry for dinner.

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