Friday, March 29, 2013

Spring Break

Good Friday is like the "Sunday Afternoon" of Spring Break to me, besides it religious significance. I've had a wonderful break, but I'm starting to feel that little bit of angst connected with the fact that I have school work to do that I will probably postpone until Sunday night. Oh well, it's been fun while it lasted. Russ and I started the week by spending a day on the coast on Saturday. We went to our favorite spots mostly, including a walk near a beach called Pirate's Cove. When I was a kid, it was known as a nude beach, but now that there's easy access to it, I think those days are gone, if they ever existed to begin with. Some rather obnoxious-sounding twenty something men on the trail asked us if we knew where the nude beach was. I told them that it was just a legend. They were very sad to hear that and had to use the F-word a little more excessively than before as they turned around to go back to the parking lot.

Monday, we went on a hike we've been meaning to go on for years. It's called the Rock Fort Ranch Trail, and it's a popular place for rock climbing. We just hiked. In over two hours, we only saw one person. My cell phone worked though, so I didn't feel too isolated.

 I hadn't anticipated how strenuous the trail was going to be. It was a nice wide trail, but steep most of the way, so steep that it was kind of slow going, even going back down.

 I was thinking that this footprint was a vulture's, but we saw a big turkey later, so that solved the mystery. We also saw some bobcat tracks, which was kind of neat, but it made me wish that maybe we'd brought along some pepper spray in case we ran into some of its larger relatives.
I managed to watch several Netflix movies too. One of them was Bottle Shock, which is about how wine from the Napa Valley beat out French wines in a competition during the 1970s, and ended up helping to start the Napa Valley wine boom. It wasn't a very well-acted movie, even Bill Pullman, who I usually love just didn't seem that good to me. But, it did get me more interested in Napa Vallley wine, and it is the reason that somehow Russ and I left Trader Joe's on Tuesday with a $44 bottle of Grgich Hill Estate Cabernet. We've never come close to paying that much for wine, but I'll say it was worth it, although I'm thinking we better go back to our normal $10 dollar bottles for quite a while.
I did manage to do a little bit of knitting this week too. I even actually finished a sock.  L'amour et la Morte is one of my favorite patterns, even though I'm not really a skull fan, so I just did the heart part for these. Now, if I can just complete the second one, even though I won't be wearing these until next year.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a great spring break. Love the sock. Very pretty.

Knittings Nice! said...

Just the thing needed to clear all the clouds away. Talking of clouds thats all we have here in U.K at the moment, grey cold very overcast skies, the poor spring flowers are dropping their leaves...just desparate for that yellow ball in the sky! Loving those socks.

WendyBee said...

Oh, I know that Sunday afternoon feeling! For decades I have wondered how best to manage that feeling, and I've never yet come up with a solution.
Love the sock!

Willow said...

Sounds like a great spring break. I spent the week sick with a cold. Fortunately, I have a second week of break so I hope to recover and enjoy a little relaxation.

The hike is one I may suggest to my hubby for the summer.

The beach at Summerland south of Santa Barbara used to be a nude beach. I haven't ventured there for a long time so maybe it's too busy now for such a designation.

Kathy at Knitting Off The Grid said...

Lovely photos -I feel that I got to tag along on the hike! The sock is fantastic, too.

JayJay said...

My parents visited for my spring break, so I actually got to see sights as well! San Juan Capistrano was especially fun. I love all your photos, and that hiking trail sounds fun (albeit strenuous)!