Andrews Hiking Trips

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Saturday, June 4, 2005-- Benjamin, Dara and daddy went hiking with the Sierra Club all day. We rode up with other Sierra Club members. We stopped off at the Ranger Station for a brief rest. The hike started off with no problems. We left the Marina around 9:00. When we got to the steep, large bolders on the way up to Cleo's Bath, I didn't continue on. Benjamin led the group up the large rocks all the way to Cleo's Bath, and he has never even been there before! In fact, this was Benjamin's first hike. Dara had decided not to hike up to Cleo's Bath, but at the last moment changed his mind. He was the last one up, but at least he made it. There was another person in our group who also did not make the climb to Cleo's Bath.
    When everyone made it back down, we headed on to the bridge over the dam. That is when some of us started having difficulty hiking. My feet were hurting quite a bit. Another man had problems with his leg, but we were determined to finish the hike. We took longer than expected, and made it back to the Marina about 5:00.

Sunday, July 10, 2005-- Dara, Ben and daddy went hiking with the Audubon Club at Caswell State Park. There were about eight of us in our group. We saw some California Quails just as we entered the park. Our group identified at least 25 species of birds. Ben and Dara found a lizard. We also heard frogs croaking very loudly! Saw a California thrasher, sitting atop a large cluster of trees. We watched it for about five minutes before it flew off.

Saturday, August 13, 2005
-- This morning Benny and daddy went on another birding hike with the Audubon Club, to the sewer ponds near Patterson. There were nine people in our group. Here is a list of the birds that were identified by our group (by sight or sound): great white egret (two of them sitting in the top of a large tree!), blackbird, swallows (barn and tree?), white-faced ibis, black-necked stilt, yellow-leg, Canada geese, Wilson's phalerope, red-necked phalerope, killdeer, least sandpiper, western sandpiper, caspian tern, forster's tern, American white pelican, snowy egret, great blue heron, ruddy duck, American avocet, double-crested comorant, eared grebe, blackheaded grosebeak, spotted towee, bushtit, house wren, California quail, nutall's woodpecker, mocking bird, red-tail hawk, blue grosebeak, loggerhead shrike, California gull, ring-billed gull, black-bellied plover.

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