After a morning conference call, I felt the urge to get my running shoes on and head out to Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve for a run. Passing the upper parking lot and the model plane enthusiasts, I drove to the lower parking lot. Three laps around the parking lot, I finally found a parking spot. Note: the earlier you come the higher the probability of finding a parking space on your first attempt. Beware, the weekends can be extremely busy.
I headed out toward Deer Hollow Farm (which is closed on Mondays) and before I got to the tennis courts, I saw about a dozen wild turkeys eating under the large Bay Laurel Tree (I think this tree is one of the largest in California – before a chunk of it broke/fell last year).
Typically one can see Deer, Quail, Rabbits, Lizards, Turkeys and in the summer Rattlesnakes. On occasion, I’ve spotted Bobcats. I have never spotted a Mountain Lion, but I here it is their habitat.
My run took me past the farm onto the Rogue Valley Trail and out to the pond and back (I think about 4 miles). It was glorious. Quiet and peaceful, Rancho San Antonio is a great place to detox.
While stretching my tired legs, I had a quick discussion with some new mothers who had just finished their training with their Baby Boot Camp group. Go moms! You found an ideal place to exercise, bond with your child and have an adult conversation to boot.
If you need a great place to spend some time unwinding, I would highly recommend Rancho San Antonio. Click Here for a map of the Preserve.