Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Local Resources

Yesterday I wrote extensively about my 'fears' of catastrophic failure keeping me closer to home base in our travels......the flip side of spending a lot of time in one geographical area year after year is to continue accessing local resources you have already discovered, and exploring new ones.  When you spend a lot of time in one place it can become easy to take local resources for granted, and to stop exploring.  The trick is to keep exploring......continue to use the resources you have discovered, and keep looking for new things to explore/experience even when you return to that same locale again and again.  

One of the local resources TLE and I both love about Riverside is Mt. Rubidoux......you, no doubt, remember I have written often about riding my bike to the top of Mt. Rubidoux.....it is one of the joys of my life is to ride over the crest of the north trail at the top of Mt. Rubidoux and begin the 1.25 mile descent.....the views are spectacular whether it is cloudy, or clear.  TLE has ridden to the top with me once, and hiked with me to the top a few times with yesterday included.

The same Frank A. Miller who built the Mission Inn

There are two trails to the top which I have dubbed the 'North Trail' and 'South Trail'.  I usually take the 'North Trail' when riding, or hiking to the top and the 'South Trail' down....total round trip distance is 3.1 miles gate to gate.

Testimonial Peace Tower honoring Frank A. Miller

Satellite screenshot of our walk taken off my Strava mobile app

Since the weather Monday was quite cold (high was 56) we waited until early afternoon to take our hike.  We had thought about walking to the trailhead from the coach, but that would have made our hike closer to 6 miles round trip and I don't think we are quite up to that walking distance yet.  As it was the total round trip (from our car) was 3.3 miles and we averaged 3.5 mph......no bad considering we were going uphill.

We were back home by 1400........join us over the next days as we access more local resources!

Thanks for stopping by!

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