Posted by: GeekHiker | May 29, 2007

The parent’s house, part five


I’ve been feeling antsy since I’ve been here, needing to get outdoors.  So this morning I decided to go for a walk, about five miles or so, around the golf courses and nature reserves of this place.  And I was a bit shocked at what I found:


An Egret in the bushes.  He later took off and flew over my head, but I couldn’t get a shot.

California Quail

California Quail.  What you don’t see (they’re never in sight for long) was his mate and the group of baby quail hiding in the bushes below.

Jack Rabbit

Jack Rabbit in the open field.

Oak & Creek

Valley Oak woodland.

There were also geese and their offspring, squirrels, and hawks flying overhead.  I can’t say how well the wildlife corridors may be surviving between the various housing developments here, but on the surface at least, the combination of mid-to-high density housing and the original oak valley seems to be working.

And it’s a hell of a lot better than anything I’ve seen down south, even in the newer developments in the burgeoning inland empire, where everything is being paved over with a solid layer of concrete.

Plus, I got outdoors into some nature, which I desperately needed.

The early afternoon was spent going through boxes of old stuff.  I found a Rubik’s Cube, old Erector sets, Legos and Star Wars toy2, even Weebles (“they wobble but they don’t fall down”).  Yes, I feel old.

The remainder of the day was spent taking Mom out to see Pirates (no real review, but let’s just say Rush seems to be having the most fun), a Mexican dinner with some fantastic carne asada, and an evening playing Sorry!  Altogether, a pleasant time as a family.

Still, there’s something forming in the back of my mind about the old house, and it’s not a pleasant feeling, either.  Maybe I’m just tired tonight, but I just can’t seem to put my finger on it yet…


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