Hiking After Rain

The best time to hike around here, I think, is shortly after it rains. Especially if it was a short rain, the kind that lasts only part of a morning. The trails are damp, but not too muddy. No dust. It smells like a Christmas tree lot, though there aren’t any pines– must be some combo of the sage and the soil. The sky’s clear but still has some magnificent malingering clouds. And it’s warm enough for short sleeves.

Here’s some oak trees at Mission Trails. These are always sufficiently shady and spooky.




This looks like an egg. Maybe it’s a fossilized egg. Maybe some dinosaur will crack it open. Who knows?

I did not cause it to fall down, by the way. It was like that.


Published by Margaret Dilloway

Middle grade and women's fiction novelist. FIVE THINGS ABOUT AVA ANDREWS, (Balzer + Bray 2020); SUMMER OF A THOUSAND PIES. MOMOTARO: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters (Disney Hyperion); TALE OF THE WARRIOR GEISHA and SISTERS OF HEART AND SNOW, out now from Putnam Books. HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE was a finalist for the John Gardner fiction award. THE CARE AND HANDLING OF ROSES WITH THORNS is the 2013 Literary Tastes Best Women's Fiction Pick for the American Library Association. Mother of three children, wife to one, slave to a cat, and caretaker of the best overgrown teddy bear on Earth, Gatsby the Goldendoodle.

One thought on “Hiking After Rain

  1. ……Not to mention the panoramic view of the mountains all the way to Riverside/San Bernardino counties…….looking down into Mexico at the Coronado Islands, all glorious from the top of Cowles Mtn. You are right, the sage is intoxicating.

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