I kicked off the week of amazing weather with a little bird photography in Wilder Ranch State Park on Saturday. I walked the2 mile Old Cove Landing Trail, and explored the old Ranch buildings and part of the bike trail.
|Wilder Ranch SP|
You can see more photos from this walk at my flickr photoset and at this post on at my family blog, Santa Cruz Stasi.
Tuesday, a friend invited me to go hike in Henry Cowell State Park at the Fall Creek Unit. I hiked this trail about two years ago, and blogged about it here. This time we started out at about 2 pm and finished about 5 pm. We went straight up and back the Fall Creek Trail, taking the South fork back past the Lime Kiln area. We missed a few trailheads and had to double back, but it was a fun adventure and Fall Creek is a gorgeous area in which to hike. Here is a photo from a shorter hike there a few years ago:
Wednesday, I rode my bike to meet a friend in the early afternoon for lunch to celebrate her birthday. Recently, as part of my journey to figure out what has been causing my hives and skin irritation, I figured out that I am sensitive to what and/or gluten (I have been avoiding both). This has posed a challenge in dining out. My friend suggested Zameen, a Mediterranean restaurant across the street from my house.
Surprisingly, Jason and I have never been here. It is tucked away in a corner of the Aptos Center, and has a lovely outdoor dining area. We usually visit the taqueria in the same shopping center and bypass trying anything new. I'm glad my friend suggested Zameen, and I may have found my new favorite place to eat. Zameen offers a menu with make-your-own salad and combo plates featuring fresh produce, grains, and meat. The menu is large and the server/cashier was knowledgeable about which items were gluten-free. I had the Zameen House Salad, with Vegetable kabob and Fig Chutney Sauce. It was awesome. My friend had a salad with the Lamb Shish Kebob and Pomegranate Walnut sauce, which also looked delicious. I wish I had remembered to take a picture of the food! That's novice blogging for you! After lunch I rode my bike down into Capitola Village and walked around for a bit enjoying the gorgeous sunshine and thoughts of summer.
|Old Landing Cove|
This week has passed too quickly, as all vacations do, especially when the weather is this amazing. Tomorrow is Jason's birthday and I am attempting to cook gluten-free lasagna and lemon cake. Then a regular weekend and back to work on Monday. I hope everyone has had at least a few moments to relax in real or metaphorical sunshine this week, and maybe even be fortunate enough to have a day or two off. Happy "snow week"!