So my new sneakers were christened in style, went to San Gabriel mountains again and went to a different trail this time. We started out on the half mile trail, which was really cool, it followed a small stream and kept crossing back and forth across it, so there were times we were climbing across rocks and such.
To my surprise, the trail ended at a small cliff face with a beautiful waterfall, so we stopped there to snack on some nuts and veggies, and discovered that the trail actually continued on... if you were into actual rock climbing. LOL.
We didn't stay long enough to watch, but there were people there preparing to rappel on the wall. That looked really interesting, but I'm a klutz, not sure I'd ever be up for a sport like that.
Anyways, we walked back and took a different trail, this one much more level, with wooden bridges spanning the gaps. And although I didn't get to snap a picture, we got to see a doe and her fawn grazing close to the trail. If I hadn't already felt so peaceful from having a quiet little snack by a natural waterfall in the middle of the woods (ahhh, happy sigh), that would have done it. I used to see deer wandering around in the woods behind my family's home, and it was always such a wonderful uplifting feeling every time I got to glimpse these beautiful creatures, and as soon as I saw them I couldn't stop smiling.
We left them to eat in peace and walked to the end of the trail and back, and got to see them again, but by then I was hurting a bit. My back's been giving me grief for a few days again, but I had been looking forward to going and didn't want to let it stop me. The new sneakers were starting to hurt a bit as well (I have a bone spur on my left foot, and it takes a while to break in new shoes to get comfortable in that spot), so we called it a day. Wasn't as much exercise as I had hoped to do, but I know better than to push my body too far and suffer for it later.
Stopped for a quick lunch, and just split an absolutely amazing pastrami sandwich between us from some place called "The Hat".It's supposedly famous for it's sandwiches, and although those are something I very rarely splurge on... this was well worth it! Those guys got it down pat.
Relaxed for the rest of the night watching episodes of Firefly (my friend is a Firefly newb.. I love getting more people hooked on it)
Can't stop the signal!
Hiking, waterfalls, deer and Firefly? Yep.. I'd count that as a good day.