Storm Valley Ranch
Today it's all about the flowers! My hiking buddy, Tina, suggested we go out to Coloma to do some hiking in the surrounding hills. The wildflowers are in full bloom.
We start out down by the American River so Hurley can play in the water a bit.
Everything is so green too!
And more signs. We weren't too worried. For one, these signs are always up and two, there are small kids swarming all over the trails. Must be a field trip. They'd be easy pickins'. (of course I'm just kidding)
It's a bit humid today so even though it's only about 3 miles or so, we were feeling it.
The American River down below.
Scotch Broom on the left is blooming profusely right now.
A tunnel of Madrone.
Thanks for the picture, Tina!
The Lilacs were so fragrant. They always remind me of living in Upstate New York.
Small cottages from the mining days.
Another short hike up to the monument where a geocache is hidden.
Another picture of the valley from the top of the hill at the monument.
After a long day we stopped in at the Argonaut in the historic village of Coloma. It is a Farm to Fork eatery where ingredients are grown locally. We sat outside on the small deck and split a sandwich/salad combo. Very tasty and plenty for each of us.
Later that night we met up with Mike and Rose for a dinner at Fat's Asian Bistro in Folsom.
We all ordered different things than we usually would and shared them. Delicious!
Back at the trailer and the cows were enjoying their dinner as well. Lot's of green grass.
Well that brings an end to a great day. Hiking and friends!
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