It was supposed to rain this morning but it got ‘er done last night, leaving a mostly cloudy but precipitation-free day for my ‘fourteener’.
The trip on the Ventura County Coastal Express to my start point was great – traveling 14 miles on that comfy motor coach was a bargain at $3.00!
The walk itself was a treat. It was totally on bike paths that ran along the beaches between Carpinteria and Ventura. Critter sightings included dolphins, sea lions and a pair of Great Blue Herons nesting atop the largest Torrey Pine known to exist. There was yet another sea bird feeding frenzy that drew a large audience of beachgoers and quite a few Hwy 101 drivers that pulled off the freeway to view the spectacle.
There were numerous clusters of beach homes in Mondo’s Cove, Faria Beach, Mussel Shoals, Solimar Beach and the community of La Conchita, where white crosses memorialize ten people killed in a tragic mudslide in 2005.
The route paralleled the railroad tracks, and it was a thrill to see at least three Amtrak trains cruise by.
There was another milestone today – I crossed into Ventura County. Only 3 more counties after this!
Here’s a photo of Rincon Point during the only bit of sunshine I had all day – followed by a trio of sandpipers along the beach:
He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9