My last couple days of training in CA... I sure got a lot done while I was there and it was an excellent trip, not just for training but to spend time with Kip. Thanks Kip!
While driving back from Auburn I noticed some steep hills on the east side of the Bay, so I checked out some maps and found a park with Mission Peak in the middle. Turned out to be a most excellent spot for some steep uphill work and a long climb.
Open fields looking across the park:
These look like squirrels that live in the ground, so I will call them ground squirrels. I just checked, and apparently they really are California Ground Squirrels, what do you know.
Heading up for some excellent views of the entire area (when the clouds clear):
I could see other peaks that I had previously climbed, so it was fun remembering all the running around of the previous 10 days. Here is mostly a view of the clouds, not sure what the distant ridge is:
On one of my ascents a squirrel was making an insistent and repeated call, so I looked up to see a coyote wandering around checking out the burrows. He's at the top of the ridge here, not exactly cooperating for a good photo but at least he didn't run off:
Another long shot of the coyote. Very cool:
Cows littering the pasture:
One of the many great views:
Trees that I should know what they are... Eucalyptus maybe?
Wonderful rolling hills to the east:
Clouds rolling over and around us:
Love the Mission Peak park!