An enjoyable hike yesterday afternoon!

@TheHorse (72356)
Walnut Creek, California
March 5, 2018 9:39am CST
I took my young neighbor friend and his mom on a hike in the Berkeley Hills yesterday afternoon. We timed it so we could see the sunset and maybe see a horned owl, as they come out at sunset. The hills to the East were a beautiful emerald green, thanks to the recent rain, and we heard coyotes howling on our way back. We also got to see one horned owl, perched in a tree less than 20 yards from us. The photo is of yesterday's sunset. If you click on it, you'll be able to see our famous Golden Gate Bridge in the distance.
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@just4him (127164)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
5 Mar
That's a beautiful sunset. And yes, I did see the Golden Gate Bridge. I'm glad you were also able to see a horned owl.
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@TheHorse (72356)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Mar
That was exciting. I think that's the closest I've been. And it was REALLY exciting for my young friend and his mom.
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@just4him (127164)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
6 Mar
@TheHorse I'm sure it was exciting. It would be for me to see that sight.
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@TheHorse (72356)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Mar
@just4him For me, it was very peaceful. I know that trail like the back of my hand, and it's always (except when the wind and rain howl) so quiet and lovely up there.
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@1hopefulman (32447)
• Canada
5 Mar
Sounds like a beautiful adventure and the sunset is glorious. So, You live close to San Francisco?
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@TheHorse (72356)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Mar
Yes, I Live across the Bay Bridge (and another ten miles) from San Francisco.
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@1hopefulman (32447)
• Canada
7 Mar
@TheHorse It must be beautiful where you live and the weather must be pleasant.
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@TheHorse (72356)
• Walnut Creek, California
8 Mar
@1hopefulman The weather is temperate. I don't find the Bay Area beautiful overall. But wherever you are, you're only an hour (or less) away from something pretty.
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@spiderdust (7183)
• San Jose, California
5 Mar
Thank you for sharing this gorgeous photo in one of my posts too. That bridge really is iconic, isn't it?
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@TheHorse (72356)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Mar
Yes! It and the Bay Bridge were being built at the same time!
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• San Jose, California
6 Mar
@TheHorse The Bay Bridge almost feels more significant, since we locals have to go across it way more often.
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@TheHorse (72356)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Mar
@spiderdust I agree. I use the Bay Bridge way more than the Golden Gate.
@Courtlynn (55163)
• United States
5 Mar
That's a beautiful photo / view. Glad you saw one of the owls.
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@TheHorse (72356)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Mar
We didnt even know he or she was there until another hiker came by and pointed the owl out. Then it started making the classic owl sound.
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@Courtlynn (55163)
• United States
6 Mar
@TheHorse well that was nice of them to point it out
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@TheHorse (72356)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Mar
@Courtlynn I wonder if we would have noticed it when it started going "who...who...who..."
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@Corbin5 (115891)
• United States
5 Mar
Not that is a sight to enjoy!!!
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@TheHorse (72356)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Mar
I turn into a Buddhist out there. I just sit and stare and feel.
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@marlina (77841)
• Canada
5 Mar
Beautiful shot!
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@TheHorse (72356)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Mar
Thanks. That's the view West. Here's the view East.
@sallypup (28508)
• Moses Lake, Washington
5 Mar
Dad, I want to go! Why don't I ever get to go? Dad!!!!!
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@TheHorse (72356)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Mar
OK OK. Tomorrow.
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@sallypup (28508)
• Moses Lake, Washington
6 Mar
@TheHorse And while you're at it, pop me some corn and sprinkle a little garlic powder on it.
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@TheHorse (72356)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Mar
@sallypup Garlic powder! Is salt and butter OK?
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@JudyEv (134863)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Mar
I can see the bridge. Great photo.
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@TheHorse (72356)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Mar
Thanks! It was a lovely hike. Being so close to the owl was really cool. He or she didn't seem afraid of us.
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@JudyEv (134863)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Mar
@TheHorse We have tawny owls here and sometimes see them if we come home at night.
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@TheHorse (72356)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Mar
@JudyEv Are all owls nocturnal? I always see them as the sun is setting or later.
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@nomus24g (24878)
• India
5 Mar
that's mindblowing pic....
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@TheHorse (72356)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Mar
The sunsets up there can be really nice. Here's one I captured a year or two ago.
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@nomus24g (24878)
• India
6 Mar
@TheHorse Great one indeed...
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@TheHorse (72356)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Mar
@nomus24g I love that hike. And it's pretty flat, so you can take Grandma and the littlies.
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• Philippines
6 Mar
i love the color of sunset its relaxing
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@TheHorse (72356)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Mar
That's exactly how I feel up there--relaxed!
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@RasmaSandra (19660)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
5 Mar
Awesome photo. Sounds like a lovely hike. When I have had the chance to get out into nature I love to hear coyotes or wolves howling and owls hooting.. Nice sounds.
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@TheHorse (72356)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Mar
It was pretty relaxing. I'm glad my young friend was not scared.
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@FourWalls (15200)
• United States
5 Mar
Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. Are there any problems in your area with hiking areas damaged by too much rain or too much fire?
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@TheHorse (72356)
• Walnut Creek, California
6 Mar
Not where I've hiked recently. I haven't been up to the fire areas, though. The mud slides were 330 miles to the South, in Santa Barbara.
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@teamfreak16 (41404)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
11 Mar
A good hike is always nice. That's a great sunset!