After what seems like weeks of gloomy cloud, the sky was clear overnight and there was a frost, but the morning was bright. Sunlight lifts the spirits and made a perfect opportunity to walk into the New Forest National Park, just a few steps from my front door.
Sadly, we’re on a trip for another funeral. We’re staying near Cong in County Mayo, Ireland and going backwards and forwards to Headford for the funeral and arrangements.
My two sons and I wanted a day out while their wives took the Bart to a spa in San Francisco for some pampering. The heavy rain off the Pacific limited our options. We had to go somewhere indoors. The Chabot Space and Science Centre seemed like it might be interesting, and would have things for my small granddaughter to enjoy too.
My son went to a medical conference in Milan an invited me to join him as it ended, so we could spend a day driving around Lake Maggiore after eating and walking in Milan on a balmy Friday evening. We went up the East side of the lake, following the road towards the Swiss border and stopping often to amble along the shore and enjoy the views. Despite it being the beginning of October, the air is fresh but mild.
We drove a mile and paid $10. We collected our map from the nice man at the booth and left the car in the shade. At first, we strolled across wide lawns, between public barbecues and shelters. There were children in the distance, playing volleyball. Soon we found the trailhead and began to climb into the forest.
It’s on Moorpark High Street, opposite the original Rail Depot.