Arroyo Hondo Preserve Hike
By Robert Bernstein
Arroyo Hondo Preserve is a very special place along our coast managed by the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County. Our ever-creative Sierra Club hike leader Gerry Ching got permission to lead a hike there recently.
Here are all of my photos from this enjoyable outing!
Some of the group opted to leave at that point, but about half of us continued for a second hike mostly at lower elevation.
This seems to be specifically the Monterey Ring-necked Snake Diadophis punctatus vandenburgii.
As always you can see the schedule for upcoming Sierra Club hikes here: https://www.santabarbarahikes.
I am home now from the hospital after successful surgery for a severe hiatal hernia. This has been a problem since I was hit by a car years ago. I put off the surgery for a long time.
But recently I was having trouble breathing. I had lost about 25% of my lung capacity. Huge thanks to modern technology and a highly skilled surgeon everything is back where it should be now.
In the past such surgery was almost never attempted because the risks were so high and the benefits were marginal. It will be two weeks before I see the surgeon for a follow up. He will let me know then if I can start eating food again. For now it is just liquids.
I hope I will be able to lead easy to moderate hikes again in a month or so! We shall see!