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Heisler Park, Laguna Beach, California

Heisler Park along the Pacific Ocean in Laguna Beach, California is one of my favorite urban hikes.  It is so beautiful there, so serene, so charming.  It is pretty much a botanical garden on the Pacific.  Every time I am there I see artists trying to capture the essence of this magical setting.

The following pictures are of my hike this winter’s day. Winter’s day… I almost feel bad saying that, as a typical day in So Cal in the winter is much different than say were my daughter is studying at the University of Wisconsin where they have a low of -22.  MINUS 22 can you believe that?!  Well, it was very pleasantly in the low 70’s on this day at the beach in Laguna.

I have also combined some pictures of another day at this special place that I took in mid fall.  You can tell where they start as the skies are a clear blue without so much of a whisper of a cloud.

I park in the neighborhood, a very well to do neighborhood I might add, just north of the park.  Then I walk through the park enjoying nature, the ocean, the cliffs, the rocks, and the gardens that make up Heisler Park.

From there I head down the slope to Main Beach in Laguna.  This beach is sort of like Mayberry on the Andy Griffith Show.  It is surreal, it is almost to perfect.  It is the quintessential California kick back beach.  Everything is just so cute and so quaint, from the small little lifeguard station, the wandering boardwalk, basketball court, viewing benches, kids play ground, lifeguard tower.  It is, in a word, perfect.

I continue past Main Beach south viewing quaint little hotels, cliff side dining, and beach houses that range from kick back to wow I love it!

I walk as far as I can go without having to do a little rock scrambling, which I might have to do the next time to continue adding to my adventure.  But this hike there and back, stopping for pictures, and checking out tide pools, so let’s call it strolling, is about 2 hours.

What a special way to spend a day.

Fossil Ridge

Location: Near Red Rock, outside of Las Vegas, Nevada

Time: Early Winter

Activity: Day Hike

Fossil Ridge day hike was a solo adventure that I did in Nevada the day after Christmas 2018. It was under 5 miles with a climb in elevation of under 1,000 feet. The hike was rated moderate. It was a gorgeous day, and a good way to try and work off some of the treats from the holiday. The location is near Red Rock, which to me is almost spiritual it is so beautiful, and a must do anytime I am near Vegas. Usually I am hiking on the opposite side of the road that runs through the area, and closer to the mountains and to Red Rock, but this perspective was very special as you have the full expanse of that view. The Fossil Ridge Loop day hike worked its way along the cliff of a canyon which was very interesting. The other thing I really liked about the hike was at times I felt like I was hiking through a cactus garden.

Here the trail is along a cliff with the canyon below. This picture doesn’t really show the steepness, because it doesn’t capture the depth perception. When I stood on the side of the cliff peering over the side the updraft below my hat off and back about 15 feet.
It was like hiking in a cactus garden.
In the distance you can see Red Rock.

It was in this area that I spied a pretty good sized jack rabbit.

A very enjoyable little hike.