Not cool, Robert Frost!

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Mortgage and Lending with Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, NMLS #138061 MMCD #1141

 

Not Cool, Robert Frost!

 

 

whiting ranch

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I 

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference is why I can't stop scratching my legs"

 

-Robert Frost, with my help

 

 

     Anyone that knows me knows I love being outdoors.  In the ocean, in the sand, in the woods, or in the mountains, I love it all.  I usually spend at least one day each week on a long hike, exploring different areas of Southern California or a surrounding state.  I also happen to be a "road less traveled" kinda guy.  If I see a rock wall that looks like it can be climbed, I'm going to see what the view from the top looks like.  If there's an area off-trail that looks like it can be traversed, that's the route I'm going to take. 

 

     Over the years, I've learned that sometimes stepping outside the trails and pathways that everyone else takes leads to some of the best results.  The greatest sunsets, the birds eye view from hundreds of feet in the air, and perfect serenity.  But sometimes, you go hours off the beaten path, push through dense brush and rocks that just look like a snake's dream home, and all you get for your efforts is the sad realization a few days later that much of that dense brush was poison oak.

 

     So is it better to stay on-path?  Or to make your own path?  Well, this week, that thought's got me scratching my head.  Because there's poison oak on my head.  And my arms.  And my legs.

 

     On a positive note, I now know that Whiting Ranch, one of my favorite hiking spots in Orange County, CA, has some plants that I need to look out for next time.  For the views, the amazing sandstone formations in red rock canyon, and the sunsets from atop the hills, I'll take the poison oak as a fair trade.

 

Red Rock Canyon, Orange County CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments (11)

Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

John, One of our winter perks, no poison oak to deal with.  However, during spring/summer/fall, we know we have to watch for it around the treeline in our yard, AND when we're out showing houses because you just never know whose yard wll have some in it.  Bill

Jan 09, 2014 08:13 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I'm still scratching a patch of poison ivy I got over in September.  Just when I think it has cleared up...itch, itch, itch.  So annoying. 

Jan 09, 2014 10:08 AM
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Bill - it's definitely a problem here, I've gotten it 4 or 5 times since I've been here, I need to do a better job of looking out for it.  Smart of you to keep that in mind showing places, not something anyone wants to deal with.  Thanks for the comment!

Chris Ann - I feel bad for ya but I'm glad I'm not the only one! ; )  Fortunately we don't have Ivy or Sumac out here, just poison oak - I feel like it comes in so many shapes and sizes it's hard to recognize it sometimes.  Hope you're scratch free soon!

Jan 09, 2014 11:10 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

John - not fun when you take that road with poison oak.  Sometimes it is best not to take the road less traveled.

Jan 09, 2014 11:36 AM
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Did you relo? I thought you were east coast for some reason. 

Ps don't scratch lol

Jan 09, 2014 11:38 AM
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Grant - lesson learned!  I suppose there are trails for a reason.  Thanks for the comment.

David - I did, I was in Delaware but moved to CA over the summer - couldn't change over my AR credentials til CA processed my license and approved it....took a while!

Jan 09, 2014 11:46 AM
Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

John, nothing worse than a miss step into poison oak on the road less traveled....yuk!

It's kind of like life right? always watching where we step in our personal life and business life watching for all negative misfortunes to keep our passion of what we like best on the right path.

Jan 09, 2014 07:20 PM
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Bob - thanks for the comment, I thought about that, too - pretty good analogy - sometimes taking the path less traveled is a good thing, but it isn't always pretty!

Jan 10, 2014 01:40 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

John, when I was in the Military I got to know Poison Oak, Poison Sumac and the list goes on and on...So now I go from home to car to office back to car back to home and these old bones never see or get near that stuff....sorry to hear about your pain...on a side note loved your twist on Robert Frost...I wonder how our east coast friends feel seeing the warm hiking pictures?:)), Endre

Jan 10, 2014 02:06 PM
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Thanks Endre, I am going to be sure to avoid it from here on out, too.  Didn't realize how prevalent it is in the CA mountains.  My east coast friends are a litttte jealous of the sunshine & nice weather we've been having.

Jan 12, 2014 07:22 AM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Newtown Square, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

John,  What a way to find out about those things off the beaten path!  Hopefully there are less deer ticks out there!

Continue to enjoy the less trodden paths of California!

Gloria

Jan 17, 2014 05:41 AM