You may have noticed I have a bit of a love affair with O'Neill Regional Park. I can't help it. I love driving back into the canyon and escaping into a world free of traffic, cookie cutter houses, and cookie cutter people. I love watching my children get excited when they spot a squirrel under an oak tree or gasp when a horse trots by on the trail. I love seeing them play with rocks and sticks instead of plastic and I love that we only have to drive a few minutes to escape to another world. So for Mother's Day I had to hit up a trail at the park.
The Edna Spaulding Nature Trail is a short 1 mile hike up into the chaparral covered hills. It is a narrow trail which keeps mountain bikers and equestrian riders off the trail. It is a bit rugged in parts but my two year olds handled it just fine. In flip flops I might add (though not recommended). The incline is slight and the views are wonderful. I imagine in early spring this hike would be covered in wild flowers. Even though things are starting to brown in our neck of the woods, their was still plenty to look at.
Once again I would like to encourage people to look for a bit of nature close to home. Even in the busiest of cities, nature is never too far away.