September Sundays In Southern California

Southern California Sundays
A week ago at Dana Point Harbor in Orange County
Watching the J24's come back into the harbor from their regatta while sipping one of these
Then yesterday back to the hiking trail in the Santa Monica Mountains
From Brentwood, four miles predominantly up to the ranger station on Mulholland Drive where you can see from the north San Fernando Valley to the peaks of the San Bernardino Mountains to the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. Then four miles predominantly down...thank god.
There's not much to admire in the landscape of the late California summer. Most of the green is gone.  Which is just as well, because I'm not admiring the view. I hike mostly with my eyes focused on the trail, on the lookout for snakes, dodging out of control mountain bikers, ipod on listening to an audio book.