The next month, June, I hiked in the burned area and it looked like this:
Nine months later, it doesn't look much better. There has been almost no rain to encourage new growth. There are tiny spots of green where vegetation is reestablishing, but truly it still looks like a wasteland.
On the other hand, hiking here is still beautiful in its own way. We shared the trails with birds
and other hikers.
There are so many exciting places to explore
like the Chumash lodge
tops of hills
dry creek gullies
Sometimes you just have to stop and sit until you catch your second wind.
Were we really down in that valley?
Did we really hike that far?
Yes, we were.
Yes, we did.