The valley was promising temperatures near the triple digits so Pinky, Mark, and I packed up and headed out to Point Reyes National Seashore. This year we hiked the Muddy Hollow Trail and were treated to views of elk, and amazing displays of monkey flower and paint brush. I had fun playing around with Pinky’s camera and I’d forgotten how much I love macro shots of wildflowers.
A few days later the weather had cooled down a bit so Carla and I set out for our annual hike at Stebbins Cold Canyon. I couldn’t hike the loop when I was here in April because the trail was still closed due to the wildfire last year. This is the latest I’ve hiked this trail and was happy to see a few wildflowers, like Twining lily and Red ribbons, still in bloom.
It was pretty interesting to see the area post fire. The chamise and toyon have resprouted quite well with some plants reaching waist height in just one growing season. Check out the Blue Ridge Trail in 2013 vs 2016 below.
And I found a late season surprise, a Rein-orchid!! One thing I find interesting is that from season to season I can remember where I saw what wildflowers along the trail. Next year I hope I can find this orchid again.
Now off to Thailand to surprise Tee who thinks I’m not coming back for almost another week. xoxo