During the autumn, The Professor and I took a short hike to a Chumash Indian site called Satwiwa where there is a nature center, native plants garden and a partially built Chumash hut.
This morning we decided to return to Satwiwa, which is just 3 miles over the hill from us as the birds fly but 10-15 miles by road, and then hike up into the Santa Monica Mountains to Upper Sycamore Canyon.
The trail starts at the nature center and Chumash hut, wends its way through the fields, up the hills through the California oak trees,
to 'The Windmill". We stopped at the foot of the windmill for a snack and then headed up into the mountains.
Along the crest of the first set of mountains we could look back to the northeast across a section of Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park to the mountains beyond, where there has been snow for the past week.
The altitude changed 8oo feet, up and down, up and down, during the entire 5 miles that we hiked.
We crossed the creek ten times, following the trail upstream as far as the waterfall then downstream to connect with the paved road that went back up and over the mountain and back to the nature center.
Five miles. 12,000 steps. In the Southern California winter sunshine.