Saturday, April 16, 2011

Afternoon hike on the Loma Alta Fireroad

Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Saturday started with lots of backyard hang-time and much needed relaxing. A short afternoon drive found us here...the base of Big Rock Ridge.
Greeted by new wildflowers, we followed the Loma Alta Fireroad.
This year is not predicted to be a big wildflower season here, but it's early yet...
Patches of serpentine rich soil, as found on Ring Mountain Open Space, makes for a variety of interesting blooms.
California poppies.
Cooling off in the breezes.
San Pablo Bay in the distance.

A fog band teased us.

Big Rock Ranch.

So glad we made this hike....there was more trail to explore, more uphill....

For another day :)
See you again soon pals.


  1. How beautiful! It looks like you had a great walk!!

  2. Great hike! Luv the photo of you quenching your thirst Sierra Rose :) Mom really appreciated the California Poppies. They are her all time favorite wild flowers :D

    Waggin at ya,

  3. What a great hike! Lovely flowers, beautiful hills & gorgeous scenery!

  4. I would love to play with you amongst the flowers in those hills. Imagine your very own California poppy fields...we have to plant them here to enjoy. Looking frwd to "up the hill"...Cheers!

  5. My word that year has gone quickly, there are the poppies again. Always great to follow you on your walks :-)xxx lots of luv Amie Soto Blossom.

  6. Yippee - I love the poppies! I checked out the fire road link, too. I see that the hike made the Gal thirsty!

  7. Wow, I'm amazed at the change in climate from last week. Was that snow last week? Now, mom's in shorts hiking? Those fireroads make great trails. Beautiful wide open spaces. I can tell Sierra was relishing that water---head leaned back and eyes closed :O)

  8. Thank's for taking me on this hike Sierra Rose. Since it will be a long time before I can get back into my summer home in the Sierra maybe I should go play in your backyard.
    I once had a hiking companion that looked a lot like you.

  9. Ooooh! We are super humongously jealous! Our backyard is a combination of very mushy snow and muck. Our real hiking trails are equally mushy/muddy and our Dad is having neck issues (he broke his neck about 8 years ago, and even after surgery it bothers him from time-to-time) so even our backup (i.e. multi-use) trail is out of play (for now). So we've been walking a lot in the neighborhood, and saying hi to all the doggies we haven't seen all winter! ;-)

    It looks like a beautiful hike!

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

  10. It always does my heart good to visit your blog and see the beautiful California landscape...not to mention Sierra Rose.

  11. You and your humans must be in such great shape with all the hiking you do. Another beautiful place, such pretty flowers too. We think you live in one of the prettiest places in the country.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  12. oooooooooooooooh - mom sees the beautiful California Poppy! Her favorite flowers are the poppies! What gorgeous pictures, Sierra Rose!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  13. Beautiful hike, Sierra Rose!
    My mom loves CA Poppies too, her favorites!

    We're up in the Sierra Foothills visiting Grandma and Grandpa. Snow has been replaced with so much green and wild flowers! High peaks still have snow though! Very nice change after 3 1/2 months in the desert!

    Your golden buddy,

  14. Hiya! Stopped by again, cause I thought you'd maybe gone again yesterday? This is really weird!!! Can't believe my comment isn't here, even tho I wrote one - maybe I forgot to scroll to put in the "secret word!" At any rate, I loved the pics here - you sure know your wildflowers, Sierra! And you look so pretty against those gorgeous view backgrounds! Will have to check out that trail - it is just lovely! (And love that photo of you on the deck with that red ball!)
    Hugs xoxoxo
    Sammie, Avalon and Oz

  15. What a beautiful day! Thanks for sharing your hike with us! - Ellie

  16. Happy to see your pretty face, Sierra Rose. Looks like you had a great hike.

    Tucker and Daisy

  17. Pawesome hike, Sierra Rose!
    I felt like I was there with you!
    Kisses and hugs

  18. What a fun hike...especially love those orange poppies! Wags--

  19. Penny's MummaApril 20, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Love your pics, Sierra Rose. FYI, a golden puppy, Finn, has a new blog, finnhoward.blogspot and his mom would love some advice on those irksome but adorable puppy antics. I can see this is a seasoned group of golden owners, so please pop over to his blog, he's really cute!

  20. That looks like a perfect way to spend a Saturday! AS far as beauty, there's no season prettier in TX than spring. There are wildflowers blooming all over the place and it makes for great driving (most of the blooms are on highway shoulders).

  21. Beautiful pictures! What a great hike!

    Thank you for the munching tips - Finn loves her bully sticks too.

  22. Wowee - what fantastic photo's, it's a beautiful place, you're very lucky. Nice to have found your blog and look forward to reading more, Dexter & Louis x

  23. Such beautiful photos!! Thanks for sharing them! I would LOVE to run around in all that grass! :)

    Woofs & hugs,


  24. Siewwa Wose
    Thank you fow showing me such a bootiful place.
    I love the wild flowews and poppies. The walks you go on awe magical
    Have amost wondewful Eastew my deew Fwiend
    smoochie kisses

  25. It's so green and gorgeous there. I had forgotten the poppies. They're fabulous!!!! Ah, springtime!

    Are you going to visit the snow this weekend? This used to be our fave Sierra skiing time - late season when we could laze around in the sun and ski the corn snow!

  26. How absolutely beautiful! I'd love to come along one day!


  27. Looks like a terrific place for a hike!

  28. What a beautiful place for a hike! Or for just about anything!
    I like that orange ball you have there, too. Is it made of Swiss Cheese? 'Cuz it looks like cheese. Just wondering.
    I like the field of poppies. We love seeing all the different things that grow everywhere!

  29. LOVE your Coolin Off Pic!!! What a great place for a walk!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

  30. Love it! I think you just might be the fittest golden ever!

  31. What a great hike, Sierra Rose. Beautiful pictures!

    Thor and Jack

  32. Those pictures are beautiful. What a gorgeous place to go walking! I love the picture of you getting a drink of water. It's so cute :) Take care, my friend!

    Emma Rose


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