Headed to a new area, the Tortolino Mountains which are only about 15 minutes from my home. The trails are not steep and frankly, my feet are kind of sore from the boulder hopping so looked forward to something milder. Hiked for an extended time on a sandy wash before arriving at this. Don't know what it used to be but what is left is a stone and mortar foundation and some columns.
After leaving the sandy wash, I climbed for a bit and walked on another sandy wash before heading up again and...
....walked along yet another sandy wash. Very different from what I have previously hiked.
There at the top fo the 3rd wash, was a bench that had been placed in honor of a hiker who had recently died. This was a fantastic view. I stopped and munched on an apple before heading further out where abruptly.....
....I closed on a cow. One thing I have learned out here is that every thing seems to have fangs, tusks, spines, thorns or teeth so while it may appear to be a harmless but very large black cow, perhaps it was an attack cow? We watched each other, I saw a pile of boulders nearby and figured I could sprint to them if needed but the cow just observed as I walked by it. Eventually, at mile 6, I reached....
....this windmill and tank of water. On the side of the tank, someone had etched, "ATTN HOGS, COYOTES, RABBITS, ETC RAMP AT TROUGH IS FOR YOU" The trail ended here and so I turned around and enjoyed the walk/run back, finishing with 12 miles but only about 2000' of climbing so that was welcome since so few hikes around here are flatish.