As well as picking up the trash I decided I would enjoy the beauty of the putah creek area. There were lots of trees, bushes, and flowers to see. I watched lots of lizards quickly find places to hide as we marched into their territory looking for litter. At one point on some broad ivy looking leaves I spotted some huge caterpillars. They were all black with tiny red dots on several ridges that protruded along their frame. They were pretty cool to watch, and they really enjoyed devouring those leaves. They looked something like this.
I also saw lots of butterflies out, mostly black ones with blue highlights on their wings. There were lots of California poppies in bloom too, which were stunning. We took our bags full of litter to the drop off point and headed back to the car. It was a long walk, but well worth the exercise as it was so beautiful outside, sunny but not overly hot. After gathering our tools, we hopped back in the car and headed back to the church building for some BBQ hot dogs and time to visit. It was great to see so many friends and catch up.
I then headed out to one of my favorite places to visit the farm. I helped saddle up the horses and we went for a pretty long ride. I love riding. It is relaxing, and so enjoyable. This is Buck and I. Aren't we cute :)