February 12, 2010

Sparkle Ridge

Due to the wet weather that we have been having, our hiking has taken a bit of a back seat. When the weather is dry we feel compelled to work on the projects around the ranch. It is easy to lose momentum, and then the projects that started out as fun become drudgery. The stall remodel is starting to feel that way but the end is in sight.

It looks like we are in for some fine weather over the next week so we decided that play is as important as work and we needed to get out. Cindy is always ready for a bit of exercise so she joined us for the hike to and up Sparkle Ridge.

It is an easy hike, but on the longer side (more than 6 miles round trip), and it is all the way up and then all the way down. The views along the way are spectacular. I must say though that not the entire ridge sparkles, it is just one spot where the rock is different and where the quartz crystals abound in all sizes. It is hard to decide which rocks to take home, so we spent some time deciding while snacking on some homemade energy bars.

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