Looking at Morro Bay from Cerro Alto

Joe in the Ventana Wilderness

Joe in the Ventana Wilderness
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Monday, June 29, 2015

Cerro Alto Daily Hike

Today , I enjoyed my daily hike on Cerro Alto and met some beautiful people 
the couyple below are trail runners and I think their names are Clare and Sean 
Correct me if I am wrong  about their names .

Sierra my dog , took time to enjoy the views a the summit .

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Young folks enjoying the Cerro Alto Summit

Today when hiking Cerro Alto , I met these young folks enjoying the summit view with a lunch .
Good on them !!
It always thrills me to witness this enjoyment .
They said that they were from Paso Robles Ca .
The weather was beautiful !
I wish I had asked their names  .
I hope you guys continue to hike this mountain .
Next time model for me at the top !

Friday, June 26, 2015

Mistaken Identity of animals on the trail

Strange and Funny Occurrences 
Cerro Altos

I enjoyed a hike with my dog Sierra and late in the day Sierra was hiking approximately 
20 yards ahead of me . She just walked around a switchback and was momentarily out of sight 
when I heard a girl scream . As I rounded the switch I encountered two girls , one of them said  " I thought your dog was a bear . "  Note that my dog was wearing a backpack as she does daily .
Note worthy is an incident that occurred earlier this year , also on Cerro Alto , I was hiking with my dog Sierra who was wearing a backpack . She rounded a switch back about 20 yards ahead of me when I heard a Young man scream as I came in contact with him I asked if he was OK as he was still waving his arms in the air . He calmed down and  apologized  saying he thought the dog was a 
mountain lion . I asked if he really thought a lion would wear a backpack ?
he laughed and moved on his way .

What do you think ?
Below is Sierra and  ??

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Cerro Alto weather

Cerro Alto 
Heat Advisory on Cerro Alto

I hike Cerro Alto daily , and for the last three days
we have had a heat wave . It's that time of the year .
4:30 pm in the shade was 85 and 100 degrees on the 
exposed last mile of the summit .
Dogs need water ! Sierra weighs 76 lbs. 
She drinks 30 oz. of water on the hike of Cerro
in this heat .
I have seen many dogs yearly get sick in the heat .
Dog heat stroke is ugly , vomiting , diarrhea , 
and even death !
I have seen one dog die .

Please carry enough water for the dog .
Another tip --- dogs new to this enviroment and with thin pads will suffer 
damage to their feet fast so please check their pads often .

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Blue Grouse

I SAW ONE OF these on Cerro Alto on Friday the 12th of June .
These photos are from on line research .
They are known to live in California at elevations of 200 ft. +

Monday, June 8, 2015

Yuccas in bloom

Rinconada Trail 

Saturday ,June 6th , 2015 , the Pozo are was very hot but beautiful as the Yuccas were in full bloom .
The bears will feast this year as the blooms are large and sweet , I sampled one near the trail !
So hurry to see as they won't last long !

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Rae Lake

Rae Lake 
The Painted Lady
One of the prettiest places on earth . I love fishing this area 
and crossing Glenn Pass
I hope you enjoy this one minute video .