Ah Wilderness. . peace, quiet and good hiking. Pinnacles National Park promises these and more. Besides visual interest and beauty, the place exudes all the elements of Qi. Born of volcanic fire over 23 million years ago, these rocks are testament to Earth’s changing nature. Water’s signature is evident on cliff tops, gorges and streams; and dramatic ever-changing cloud formations make the winds manifest. Plus unpolluted night skies, make this a stargazer heaven.
Driving in off Hwy. 101 from the west entrance, we spotted a pair of California Condors circling a tall jumble of rounded spires. Rangers say on any given day there may be up to 60 condors flying around the parks vast acreage. Birdwatching is satisfying! We feasted our eyes on carpets of late spring wildflowers, and delighted in the ample plant resources amidst majestic Oaks and rare chaparral vegetation that would have provided food, medicines and materials throughout the year to local Chalone and Mutsun tribes.
We hiked in solitude, deeply breathing in the warm dry air, pausing often to listen to birdsong, or footfalls of families and solitary hikers on gravely paths. Weather was warm but comfortable in early June. Pinnacles National Park is between Hwy. 101 and I 5 in our Central Coast’s renowned wine region. Check it out on your next road trip – discover more Qi and grow wild!!