Can't hold this rock over my head much longer... ugh...

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Real Estate Agent with Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) 01338415

I spend the weekend backpacking at the Pinnacles National Monument in Central California.  Located a few miles outside of Hollister California.  Temps at the park were over 100 which made the long hike to the high peaks pretty hot!

Chris Alston

The high peaks trail (about 10 miles) takes you on a vertical climp UP for one straight mile, then rolling up and down to get to the high peaks.  From trails with rails, to steps cut into the rock by the CCC many years ago, the hike is sooooo worth it.  I went in search of the California Condor...  And yes, the bird with a 10 foot wingspan was spotted!  I saw about 7 of these massive yet endangered species.

pinnacles

The Pinnacles National Monument was created by Roosevelt over 100 years ago.  The formation was created by volcanic activity millions of years ago and is planted on the San Andreas Fault Line.  The other half of this outcropping is down near Los Angeles...

California Condor

You can see this HUGE Condor flying, and you can also see the tags that are on it's wings...

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Comments (48)

Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Don - There are 30 or more???  And we saw 7 of them.  :)

Aug 01, 2011 07:16 AM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Mona - No, Ryan wasn't with me.  Someday I should take him!!!  :)

Aug 01, 2011 07:16 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Chris, We're having our own version of summer heat wave.  16 straight over 90 degrees, tomorrow ties the alltime record of recorded temps set back in 1901.  Not as bad as many places, but not typical for here to have this extended run.

Aug 01, 2011 10:16 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Chris,  You captured some really great shots.  To see that Condor on full flight is stunning!  Sounds hot but it has to be worth it!

Aug 01, 2011 03:07 PM
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Chris, great photos,  how many hours you have been holding the rock until your rescuers arrived?   LOL

Aug 01, 2011 04:54 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your experience and your photographs.  Enjoy the summer!

 Life is good!

Aug 02, 2011 12:54 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Flower Mound, TX
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Chris, what a great trip and the photos are fantastic! Sure wish I could do that again. Back packing is so much fun! You look and sound like you had a great time! I hope you get out there and do it again soon!

Aug 02, 2011 11:13 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Chris, I absolutely loved the photo of the condor because up at the top of your post you talked about spotting them, but I couldn't tell till you hit the down button as to whether or not you got a photo--very exciting!!! I'm  so happy for you. What an incredible journey and fun memories. America has so much to offer as far as adventure all around us.

Congrats on the feature, too! Well deserved.

Aug 02, 2011 05:37 PM
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Good morning Chris.

Those are great pictures...

Hiking is a great way to explore what mother's nature has to offer...

Aug 02, 2011 10:56 PM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Photo 1 - FUNNY (You're so cute!)

Photo 2 - WOW! What a view

Photo 3 - WHAT A SHOT! Now that is just COOL!

Thanks for taking me on your adventure with you. I wasn't hot at all.... ;)

Aug 03, 2011 09:30 AM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Thanks Erika!  I have been soooo busy, and just noticed that I only posted 15 blogs last month...  :/

Aug 03, 2011 10:11 AM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Thanks Paul!

Aug 03, 2011 10:11 AM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California


Pamela - Now that is another bird I would hike all day to see!!!!!

Aug 03, 2011 10:12 AM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

William - If you were there, your awesome picture taking ability would probably run out of room on your memory card!

Aug 03, 2011 10:12 AM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

BLiz - We are having the COLDEST summer EVER!!!  We were cheated out of a summer and have been having to make do with 70-80 degree weekends...  Sometimes in the 40 and 50's at night.  Really odd!  Also, the wettest year in a long time out here in California.

Aug 03, 2011 10:14 AM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Jon - It was soooo worth it!

Aug 03, 2011 10:14 AM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Kwee - I pushed it back into place, and kept on hiking... lol!

Aug 03, 2011 10:15 AM
Carol Ryniewicz
CR Premier Properties LLC - Woodstock, CT
Broker / Owner - CT & MA

Wow - looks amazing! Thanks for posting!

Aug 11, 2011 02:55 AM
Chris Alston
Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California) - Campbell, CA
Silicon Valley, California

Thanks Richard!

Aug 11, 2011 05:22 PM
Robert Hammerstein -201-315-8618
Christie's International Real Estate - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Chris - Looks like a great place to hike. I need to get out and do some hiking myself.. nice shot of the condor...

Aug 14, 2011 05:10 AM