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Today I took the boys out for a longer hike through Peters Canyon. We started at the main entrance off Jamboree and worked our way thru Cactus point, up Big Red and eventually back home. A total of about 4-5 miles.

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The field of catci were in full bloom.  This is a picture of the Prickly Pear cactus that grows abundant in our hills.  You will note that they have large fixed spines and smaller hairlike spines.  It is the fine hairlike spines that hurt and take weeks to remove.  I know from the experience of having fallen on one of these on a bike ride a couple of years ago.  Believe it or not, the fruit is edible and is sold in Mexican markets here in the Southland as Nopal.

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Here are Vikram, Jordan and Nikhil.

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Here they are at the top of Big Red.

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This is a strenuous uphill that climbs 175 feet at a 12.5% grade. Here is Rajeev at the top – working up a sweat!img_0129.jpg

Here they all are at the end, thoroughly exhausted. The facial expressions are genuine pain!

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A job well done. The rest of the day is relatively peaceful, with the boundless energy left on the mountains.

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Peters Canyon Hike

Yesterday Abhijit and family came down from San Francisco to visit for a few days. The kids were a bit raucous so I took them on a hike to wear them out a bit.

Here we are at the start of the trail.

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Here are Annika and Emma running down the hills.

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Here are the four boys way out in front.

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Here are Vikram, Rajeev, Jordan and Nikhil

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Finally, here is a picture of the ridge where the fire was just a couple of months ago. The last couple of rains have started to green up the hills already.  Look at the burned out tree trunks on the bottom left of the picture.

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On Christmas eve, Nikhil set his alarm to catch Santa in the act of delivering presents. He woke up at 3:00AM but alas, Santa had already come and gone. Nikhil then decided to wake up everyone else, so we were all up at 3:30 in the morning opening up presents!!

Needless to say, it was a Webkinz Christmas full of Wii games, Apple iPod and iHome electronics.

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And then we all went back to sleep!

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85 and Sunny

It wasn’t a white Christmas or even close. It has been warm and sunny this whole week. We went to the park to enjoy the weather.

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Santa Comes to Tustin

Santa came to our neighborhood a little early to visit all the kids. His sleigh was pulled thru our street by the Tustin Police.

Here is Annika telling him all about her favorite Webkinz! You think he knows what a Webkinz is?

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Here’s Nikhil and Garrett (I think).

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And Vikram

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Vikram got a Student of the Month award for his class.

Here he is accepting his award!

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Annika the Math Wiz

Annika received a Math Achievement award for her first grade.

Here she is with her teacher Mrs. Shattles.

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