Goodan Ranch abuts Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserve and together they make up about 2100 acres with 10-miles of hiking, biking, and horse trails. In 2003, Goodan Ranch and Sycamore Canyon were devastated by the Cedar Fire when over 95% of the Preserve was burned. The area was closed for a short time, but life in the Preserve has come back stronger and more beautiful than ever. On a recent hike, I took a lunch break near the charred remains of Stone House, which was built in the 1930s, but burned during the Cedar Fire. I was able to sit undisturbed and watch a Red Shouldered Hawk, a woodpecker, and numerous other birds fly between the trees. On the hike back to my car, I was accompanied by only a cool breeze and a Turkey Vulture circling overhead. These are the moments I cherish during my hikes and why I always return to Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserve.