When it comes to walks and exercise, we like to mix it up and change our routine. So instead of the beach, when the tide times do not suit us, we find somewhere new to explore. Pictured above, it part of the 3 mile hike on the bluff of Hendry's Beach, at the Douglas Family Reserve.
We had been meaning to explore the former 70 acre Wilcox Estate which was purchased by the Trust for Public Lands, and later transferred to the City of Santa Barbara. Yesterday afternoon, after having cleared our schedule, we headed out to the park.
The Douglas Family Reserve is named in honor of the Kirk Douglas Family, a major donor for its upkeep and restoration. Volunteers are working to restore and preserve the native landscape, and restore the natural habitat for Monarch butterflies. Pictured above are eucalyptus flowers in bloom.
"The DFP is an undeveloped open space that provides passive recreation opportunities, such as hiking, dog walking, wildlife viewing, and bicycle riding. Off-leash dog use is allowed within the park in select areas. Hang glider opportunities are available for experienced users in one area of the park."
We loved our walk, enjoyed seeing dogs of all breeds from basset hounds, labs, terriers, and mixed breeds enjoying getting to know each other off leash.
We enjoyed the sound of the waves with the song of the birds. We are looking forward to exploring this natural space again, and hiking the other nature trails. Happy Thursday!