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Humid Again

Just after saying the humidity is gone guess what? Well, mr humidity was back over the weekend socking the Southland under oppressive humid temps thanks to a Hurricane down south.   Sunday large thunder clouds rose menacingly over the San Gabriel mountain range and tower miles above the ridges but unfortunately the ‘boomers’ don’t bring any rain our way.Around noon while up on a ladder picking peaches we spotted a brow smoke coming from the middle of the hills (Altadena way) sending a hazy mixture of smoky clouds into the air. Reading theonline local paper, found out hikers had to be evacuated from one of our favorite hiking trails near Mt Lowe.Going out for a late Sunday afternoon bike ride (Pasadena is a great bike city!) with a friend we spotted the fire fighting helo and hot shot crew in one of the parking lots surrounding the Rose Bowl.

Wild Things

Just when we thought we knew the Arroyo Seco like the back of our hands – a wonderful surprise! Going on one of our weekly goat walks along the Arroyo Seco I believe we spotted a cluster of wild plum trees.    Can’t wait to go back and harvest a few – wild plum jam sounds yummy. So far on our walks we’ve spotted black walnut, wild gooseberry and of course elderberries.

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