This is what I saw yesterday when I took off on a 12-mile run in the morning.
I'd been arguing with myself about bringing along a cell phone, just because I wanted to take pictures. But I don't like having anything with me when I run.
Nobody ever comes this way.
So it would be a very inconvenient place to die. Well, it would probably be less convenient to break your leg or get snakebit.
Anyway, starting out... I live on the opposite side of a smallish lake from this point. This is about 2 miles in:
Here's a shot from mile 3 that shows the entire little community:
At mile 4, it starts to get pretty steep:
This is almost, but not quite, at the top of the highest neighboring peak:
View from the top, looking south:
View from the top, looking north into the vast stretches of nothingness in California. I think the elevation here would be something over 4000 feet.
It has been a strange year with the weather. Although we do get a good bit of snow in winter, it still hasn't hit the normal summer temperatures that usually peak in the 90s. As a result, the normal bloom of spring wildflowers (which should be long dead by now) has been really confused.
By the way... those last two things, whatever they are, smell really good.