In the quivering forest

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I love old trees. The more gnarled and twisted, the better.  The cypress groves on the coast south of Monterey are amazing, and as we admire these old beauties, it’s hard not to wonder about their long lives and all that’s come and gone while they’ve been here, clinging to the side of a cliff high above the sea.

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But my heart cried out for you

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Never look down by the maple

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While hiking out on the Cypress Grove trail at Point Lobos, we took a turn on the path high above the crashing ocean waves, and stumbled on this grove of red-stained trees.  The contrast of bright red growth on the white, white bark was dramatic and spooky, and we felt a little like Hansel and Gretel, walking through an other-worldly forest towards unknown dangers.

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Wanderings: California summer

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As much as I longed for summer during the long winter, late June is when my part of the East Coast starts to get uncomfortably swampy.  Lucky for me, we’re in California for the rest of the month, and the mix of sun, fog and the ocean breeze have me in a very happy place.

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A Guest Post from The Mister: On the trail in Point Lobos

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My graduate school program is mostly distance learning, but for two weeks every quarter they bring in our cohort for presentations, guest lectures and other classroom work.  Each day we spend eight-hours stretches in a windowless classroom, including a half-day on Saturday. The saving grace is that that the windowless classroom happens to be located near Monterey Bay, one of the most beautiful stretches of land in the country.

One Sunday, the one full free day we have, several of us went on short hike on a path along the coast in Point Lobos State Park. It’s a mostly flat hike that winds itself around the many coves and inlets on this peninsula. Near the end there is a low lying rocky area that during low seas you can walk out on and be sprayed by mist created by the waves as they break.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from the trail.

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Whaler’s Cove, a popular SCUBA Diving Destination

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