Malibu, California and its beach.
From Sandstone Peak
Neptune's Net - a popular seafood restaurant alongside US1 and directly opposite the beach.
Dipping my toes in the chilly Pacific Ocean.
The beach alongside US1, the Pacific Coast Highway, directly opposite the road down from the Sandstone Peak trail.
Selfie on the summit of Sandstone Peak, Santa Monica Mountains, CA.
The summit of Sandstone Peak is already crowded!
View back along the Backbone Trail, whence I came.
Nearing Sandstone Peak - with a crowd of hikers already assembled.
A hiker absorbs the view to the north, into the Simi Valley and beyond.
Parts of the trail wind through short trees (tall bushes), some in bloom. Where shade persists, the trail was damp from a recent rainfall.
Sandstone Peak in sight - the high point of the hike ahead - with a group of hikers on the bump in middle ground.
Two hikers examine the view from a promentory near Sandstone Peak.
Wild columbine flowers dot the high meadows.
The high country near Sandstone Peak.
A quiet stream deep in the ravine along the Mishe Mokwa trail, behind Sandstone Peak.
Balancing Rock, seemingly ready to fall over Echo cliffs into the valley below.
Echo Cliffs, with a large group of climbers in the large dark crack left of center, and (left of center) Balancing Rock.
Some of the bushes were in bloom, and shady parts of the trail were damp from a recent rain.
A view toward the Pacific ocean with the Sandstone peak 'backbone' at right. The trail was badly eroded due to heavy use and poor design; the park laid out ad hoc waterbars using sandbags.
Sandstone Peak, highest point in the Santa Monica mountains. See http://www.hikespeak.com/trails/sandstone-peak/
A bicyclist cranks up the winding road, with the 'backbone' section of my hike behind him.
The approach to Sandstone Peak trailhead involves a very twisty road with steep exposure.
View east across LA from an office building in the financial district. Gazing out at the distant mountains every day whet my appetite for a hike at the end of the week.
In February, Andy and Pam joined the New Hampshire Academy of Science during the AAAS annual meeting in San Jose, California. Andy is at far right.
From New Years 2015-16