Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Small Town Bike Adventure

((Adventure might be a bit of an exaggeration...))

Yesterday was a much needed "Me" day. I've been in quite a mood the past couple days. (Please give all sympathy to my dearest hubby. I don't know how he puts up with me sometimes. He's a saint.) Anyways, Luna went to daycare and I got to work catching up on some stuff I wanted to do.

Biking

One of the things I've been itching to do lately is go on a bike ride so this past weekend I had Mr. 246 tune up my bike. The weather has just been so awesome lately and I've been needing a mini "adventure." I packed up my basket (yes, my bike has a basket!) with some water, music, and my camera and I was off. Unfortunately, as soon as I went to take my first picture I realized my camera had no memory card in it. Silly me. So I apologize for all the cell phone pics. :)

Weed Field


Sometimes this town really bothers me. I grew up mostly on the border of Appalachia where you could go get lost in the woods if you wanted, or see civilization. This town, however, is all civilization. Oh wait...there's some woods the next town where you can pay $8 to walk in them for the afternoon. I'm not kidding. It's kind of desert area and a lot of farm land.

Roadside Citrus


So, when I'm out and about I have to really look for the pretty bits..and zoom in. Lol.

Cactus


It's not so bad in this area though...in two-ish hours I can be in the Sierras or on the beach. Or in an hour, I can be in the big city. I've really been craving some mountains or a wee bit of hiking near Tahoe. I think Luna's big enough to handle it now. At least for a little while.

If you ride a mile or two to the edge of town...

Suburban Path


Past the wild streams of suburbia....

Wild Streams of the Subdivision


You'll eventually hit "country." Which isn't wild at all, because it's all farmland. I think it's pretty though, nonetheless. The orchards around the edges of town are my favorite. I love the straight rows and how they look at different angles. It amazes me how perfectly they position these trees. Far apart enough to let the trees grow but close enough to utilize the space. Genius. I always imagine setting up a long table and having an Alice In Wonderland type tea party in the orchards. How neat would that be?

Orchard


A week or two ago this orchard was ALL white flowers. Almond blossoms, I think. Now it's all been replaced with wee little fuzzy nuts.

FuzzyAlmond

If I can steal away for another ride I think I will. It's so much fun to ride a bike. It's like you're flying and you get to go real fast. And music! It's been so long since I've put on some headphones and listened to music. Weird, huh?

Me!
Anyone else having some spring weather? What've you been doing to get out and about?

-Mrs. 246

2 comments:

  1. Ah, so awesome! I am so glad you went out and did this for yourself, and took pictures! Those orchards are gorgeous. I can relate too--when we moved here, I missed all the crazy variety of flowers and trees I was used to in the Bay area. It's just a different climate here, and it's taken some time to adjust to that. But now I walk in the neighborhoods for about an hour every day, and I am amazed by the things people have coaxed out of the ground here. But also I love the succulents! Happy riding!!

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    1. Yea, the Bay Area is quite a bit more lush. I just love the parks near the Golden Gate. It's terrible...I haven't been to the city since before Luna was born and I'm only an hour away. I think this spring I definitely need to make it a point to go there and explore again. We used to take the BART into town but now I'm scared after seeing this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQUeZx82VmU. Lol. Maybe we'll drive next time.

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