Last Saturday morning, I hiked my favorite local park under gray and overcast skies. After a heart pumping climb up the hill, you can see the rest if the park below just beyond the solitary weather-scarred bench.
Passed the bench is another hill I climbed called the Red Hills Trail.
To the left, as far as the eyes can see are the old salt ponds that began in the early 1900's by The California Salt Company.
Eventually it was sold to the government where it was converted to a wildlife refuge.
Many ponds at the lower elevations are filled with wildlife like this one.