On Sat. the 9th, Ned looked up a fun little day hike for us. My mom came along and we had a great day and enjoyed beautiful weather. When we first arrived we originally (and not deliberately) took a slight detour on the wrong trail...so we ended up trying to catch our original trail (which we never did find) but went off trail to a pretty little picnic spot under a tree, it was SO WONDERFUL, straight out of a movie. We enjoyed lunch, and even experienced something we never had before, a “huge” swarm of bees came right over our heads, buzzing and creating a dark sky. It was actually pretty creepy, but a unique experience.
We then did go back to the start of the trail and completed our original 3-mile moderate loop hike (in the Orange County park of Chino Hills State Park). And poor Ned ended up carrying Ella most of the way. She loved to hike, but every time we put her down she just wanted to stay where she was to explore, which is a good thing, but it would have taken us a VERY long time to complete the hike had we let her continue her exploring.