Stripper Ridge

Stripper Ridge
Stripper Ridge

My hiking buddy, Karen,  and I have named this section of our walk Stripper Ridge because this is at the top of our climb, of 1500 feet, and this is where we stop and take off our coats, mittens, hats, shirts, etc. because we have expended so much energy to get to this point that we are all warmed up and ready to continue on our way for the rest of the hike, which is fairly flat after this.  This is where we stop and take our first drinks of water too while surveying the valley that overlooks Escondido to the left and our neighborhood to the right.  In this picture you can only see our neighborhood, not Escondido.  On clear days, we can see all the way to the ocean and we can identify islands that tell us that we really are looking at the ocean.

We walk on until we come to one of our favorite trees, the Tree Tunnel we call it.

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The Tree Tunnel
The tree tunnel in a different season
The tree tunnel in a different season

 

It doesn’t look that exciting from this photo, but it is still one of our favorite landmarks.

Then we come across our spiritual tree.

The spiritual tree
The spiritual tree

Then we start our descent back down the trail.

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I didn’t do great at my sale, but it was a live and learn experience.  It was entirely the wrong venue for me.  My jewelry was more expensive than what the crowd was looking for, which was inexpensive Christmas ornaments.  No one wanted one of my favorite necklaces.

A favorite, simple necklace
A favorite, simple necklace

After working so hard to get so many pieces of jewelry done for the show, I longed for a manicure, which would have been completely destroyed within hours of getting the manicure since my fingernails are some of my most used and important tools.  I just wanted someone to massage each finger gently and put moisture back into my fingernails.  Ahhh…