Hiking through the Daley Ranch

My tugboat man is gone, and I’m left with an empty house and the debris and detritus from his departure: the cardboard box from his toothpaste on the floor, tossed in haste–the same for the dental floss packaging–clothes not taken strewn about–all in all, a gargantuan mess.

No matter how many lists he makes, sometimes things are left behind. He realized when we got to the airport that he forgot his watch– this time he was lucky, he’ll have time (ha ha, I made a joke) to buy one before he’s underway.

Now comes the period of adjustment to being half of a whole; he’s going to be traveling to another continent while I wait for him to return. Sigh.

Hold on a minute…do I feel the urge for some retail therapy coming on? Oh yes, I do! All is good. There’s nothing that a little shopping can’t make better. Right? Right!

Yesterday we went for a three-hour hike in one of my favorite spots: the Daley Ranch in Escondido. While it was overcast and drizzly near the coast, Escondido is inland where it’s usually always warm and sunny. We took the Sage Trail all the way up to Stanley Peak

This is an especially lovely time of year with the ceanothus in bloom.ย ย Ceanothus blooms are rich in saponins, which produce lather when rubbed with some water; basically ceanothus flowers make soap. It really works! Try it for yourself! Pick a handful of flowers, add a little water, and rub your hands together.

Ramona Lilac Ceanothus

Ramona lilac ceanothus Lilac ceanothus

As you can see off in the distance, it was a very hazy day near the coast.

Stanley peak

White Lilac Ceanothus

white lilac ceanothus

The Ranch House

Daley Ranch House

A forest of Monkey Flower, a California Native

monkeyflower

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34 thoughts on “Hiking through the Daley Ranch

    • This is the first time in our life we have not been surrounded by the love of dogs and cats. We wanted to wait for a while to get pets again so we could travel a bit –I hate to leave my pets and never really went anywhere when they were alive. But funny you should say that about taking a dog on the hike. yesterday there was a beautiful dog hiking with his owners and it got really warm and he got a overcome by the heat and had to be helped off the trail. Poor thing!

      On Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 6:33 PM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo

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  1. I’m sorry your hubby is gone again. It looks like an excellent place to hike if I were into that. Do you go anywhere on your own when your hubby is away? If not, maybe you should think about getting a pet again, but get it used to being boarded if you need to go away. If would be company for you when you’re alone.

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    • No, I don’t ever hike when he’s gone unless my son or DIL are here. Sometimes I visit them but that’s it. The problem with me and pets is that I’d never board them. I never want to be away from them ever, When all of our petchildren were alive, we only travelled separately. I went to Germany to visit my son for his junior year abroad and hubs stayed home to be with our pets. Or he goes away and I’m always here. It’s only been in the last couple of years that we have ever gone on a vacation together. He feels the same way, we never wanted a babysitter or daycare for my son and I couldn’t see strangers caring for my animals. I’ve heard too many horror stories, plus they would miss me as much as I miss them and I think it would be traumatic to be taken away from their home. Yes, it’s an issue I know I have!

      On Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 9:09 PM, Enchanted Seashells…Confessions of a Tugbo

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  2. Hi there ๐Ÿ™‚ My name is Nikki and I saw your post on Moms with Travelling Husbands forum. My partner is currently away for work for the first time and it’s a struggle to adjust. Hoping to find some friends with similar situations.

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