But I’m in Los Angeles. Where it was 101 degrees last week. And this week isn’t much better. I sought out the cold and the leaves online. I had two choices: head east up the mountains for a higher elevation, or head west to the ocean and hope for some sea breeze.
Usually this time of year, a roadtrip to either of these locations is hindered by the usual occurrence of these places being on fire. Luckily (for everyone), this year neither direction was aflame.
However, oddly, instead of the higher elevations being cooler, they were almost just as hot, as if just closer to the sun. So, as we were already an hour into the afternoon, I quickly made a plan to head west to commune with nature and stop at what is now my favorite winery: Old Creek Ranch.
Old Creek closed at 5pm, so we needed a short hike. For me, today was more about being in nature than walking in it. But a good walk is always healthy for both body and soul.
We had two choices for 2 mile walks: Arroyo Verde and the Ventura Botanical Gardens. Neither would provide any fall foliage, but it would be treading on soil instead of pavement. Arroyo Verde was a mountain hike, and I worried it may be too far from the ocean for the breeze—like the Forrestal Preserve was earlier this summer. The Botanical Gardens was actually in Ventura, an oceanside town and seemed a safer bet for cool breezes.
We quickly packed up and away we went, fleeing the heat and hoping for Autumn. Tucker kept his nose in the air, trying to catch the scent of it.
Carrying those scents and sights with us, we drove away through the little oceanside town and out into the farmland to sit and enjoy the wine, the vibes, and the vines and do a little writing.