Our first full day in California, we went on a hike near Santa Maria.
Seeing signs like this made us a little leery. But somehow, mountain lions didn't approach our group of four adults and nine boisterous kids. Surprising!
Levi was all ready with his walking stick and water bottle.
California Poppies!! Isn't the color unbelievable? I want a something or other in that color. Maybe a wall? It is a little too intense for an entire room.
Going to check out forts. Their New York cousins were convinced they were going to be bitten by rattlesnakes, but no puncture wounds happened here.
My hiking companion
Flowers that I have not yet identified.
I really planned on digging out my wildflower guide and diving into flower identification, but... I didn't. This is a sad commentary on the state of my summer.
Aren't these wild?!
Andy running around the top.
All the kiddos
Breanna read most of the hike, but never fell over or tripped. It was a modern day miracle.
Hiking down the other side.
I may have been moseying around at the back taking pictures of flowers.
Some dried flowers
This is apparently poison sumac. Don't touch it!
Lisa, Darra, and Levi
lichen of sorts
Gnarly old tree! I love this thing.
There was a lot of moss hanging around
Teensy little flowers
This was a cool flower that seemed to have purple blossoms with white flowers and yellow centers.
Levi was going to take this horn on the hike to scare away mountain lions, but we decided it would be better left in the vehicle. The kids love it though!