Saturday, April 21, 2012


I did some IHSW work yesterday but none today! Boyfriend and I had a choice between going to Davis for Picnic Day (a fun event, but one that we'd been to before having both gone to Davis) or going hiking at Pinnacles National Monument. So Pinnacles won. What was supposed to be a simple 5 mile hike including cave exploration turned into an 8.5 mile hike. Boyfriend and I are both utterly and completely exhausted.

The reason the hike ended up being so long was because the park rangers told us that there were no parking lots farther up the trail, even though they were clearly marked on the map. Hey, guess what Park Rangers, YOU LIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED. And thus added about 4 miles to our hike. Oh, did I mention that it was 90 degrees today? Yeah... I owe Boyfriend. There was a shuttle running back and forth from our parking lot to where we WANTED to park originally. The trail leading back was near the road. He saw the shuttle approach and waved at it and THANK YOU DIVINE INTERVENTION (and Boyfriend for thinking of waving) it stopped for us. In the middle of the road. The driver said, "you looked like really wanted a ride." Accurate. We actually dove through bushes, risking poison oak just to get onto that air-conditioned vehicle of mercy.

Anyway, here's my April TUSAL along with some photos from today.

Pinnacles National Monument

What you see behind (handsome) Boyfriend there is the trail. Lots of climbing or, in my case, scrambling awkwardly over rocks while trying not to fall in the river.

About to go into the Balconies Cave.

After the cave, still have a buttload of hiking to do. 


sharine said...

Lol. It does look beautiful though.

Melinda said...

WOW this looks beautiful. Natures wonders!!! So much better than anything man made

Julie said...

You poor thing :).
Can imagine what you would have called the bus driver if he hadn't stopped.;)

Joysze said...

:O!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'd have heard the word "hike" and laughed the in face of whoever said it. ROFL!!! You poor thing.... are you sore from all that walking?

Anne said...

Awww Ewa!! Those darn park rangers!! I think they are masochistic!! Love the pictures of you two! Looks like it was a "fun" hike!