Yesterday I completed the 50 mile trail hiking challenge sponsored by the committee for the Sea Ranch’s 50th anniversary. The goal of the 50-50 hike was to hike every trail and connector path on the Sea Ranch. In fact this requires significant double-backing resulting in quite a few more than fifty miles to complete.
I do most of my hiking in the morning before 9am. Since I have a daily goal of 6 miles it did not take very long to complete the entire 50 mile course. I had hiked most of these trails before, but this forced me to account for each and every step.
Unfortunately some discoveries along the picturesque trails are not so lovely. This poor baby fox appeared to have been a coyote’s victim.
I also just completed a wildlife bingo card and earned the celebrity status of being the “first adult” to do so. Along with a photo in the Sea Ranch archives and a pencil as a prize this probably earned me an unflattering label from the staff who seemed somewhat surprised that an adult would take part in the game.
Jerry and I are preparing for a short side excursion to the Bay Area this weekend to visit old friends and our old neighborhood haunts.
Our high-minded volunteer aspirations for this summer have not yet come to fruition, but perhaps in due time. I haven’t spotted just the right event at the Mendocino Botanical Garden and I think the meals-on-wheels commitment will need a bit more enthusiasm from Jerry before we approach the staff.