Got up a couple hours before dawn and it was cold.
We headed out early so Karen could get some hiking in, so off to points unknown. The nice thing about vacationing up in the beautiful High Sierra mountains is that there are no wrong turns. Unless you are a total dipshit, you can’t get lost. I mean everywhere you look is beautiful. It’s not like being in a large U.S.city (pick one) where you can be literally one block away from trouble. The problem is there are no signs marking good neighborhoods from bad, but that is anopther discussion entirely (I just got stoned btw).
I still have visions of having a little breakfast café on a lake somewhere, but that still remains a vision.
So Karen goes off hiking and I busy myself walking as far up the trail as I could, which was about 1 mile, 1/3 of the way around the trail. I was really proud to have completed the 2-mile attempt (the trail was 3 miles around). I think if the ground would have been a little less slanted and uneven (mountain trail), I could have made it. My stump was aching, but its hard not to smile when you are walking through the sweet-smelling pine trees as sunrays fight for their place through the trunks. In hindsight, it would have been just a bit further had I decided to push on as it was to turn back. However, coming back was an easy downhill slide.
We saw a lot of wildlife and I am sure, now that skiing season is over, more will show their faces closer to populated areas. It breaks my heart that wild bears and other animals have no other choice than to place themselves (and their families) in peril because we have intruded on their natural habitat with our building and destruction. If tearing down beautiful natural habitat and releasing poisons in the environment is progress, well you can kiss my ass.
I have heard arguments from people all over the globe about being resistant to “progress.” I used to think come on you old buzzards, time to catch up with the times.
But now, I see their side of the story. Now I’m not one of those crazy bastards who will end up with a three-foot long beard holed up in the mountains somewhere, shunning everything electrical or mechanical or any other stupid shit thing like that, BUT I can understand people watching in fear as lake waters recede and trees disappear.
Just because we CAN doesn’t mean we SHOULD.
Check out some pics:
As you can see, the weather was bomb and we had a great time.
Thanks for stopping by.
Tomorrow we say goodbye to the mountains and head for the coast.