Yesterday afternoon found us with some friends hiking the section of the California Coastal Trail from Last Chance grade to Wilson Creek. Wow, what an incredibly beautiful area is our backyard! Rivers, mountains, tall trees and the ocean: so many choices! The trail we took yesterday was a new one to us–and we’re native to this area. It wound up and downhill through pristine redwood, spruce and fir forest, with rhododendrons and wildflowers for color, in case our senses weren’t already filled to the brim with so many stunning shades of green. We were out about four hours, and estimate it was a 6-7 mile hike (I forgot to turn on GPS on my phone until half way through, so My Tracks only recorded time, not distance!) Cool weather–my favorite for tramping around outside–and we enjoyed many fine spring sights in Del Norte County, including very tall Queen Anne’s Lace, tangy salmonberries, and wild orchids.