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A day off the grid

Thought I’d share a few pics from a hike we took yesterday, out to one of our favorite spots in the foothills. It takes a little more than an hour to get there, but it’s a straight shot with about a 5000 foot elevation gain.

The last ten miles of the drive is through forest that was destroyed by fire in 2008 — thanks not to a careless human but lightning.

Once you arrive, though, and start climbing, you’ll emerge into this scene:

 

Pretty sweet, no?

 

Fall colors were really popping, especially with the crystalline October light. The field in the above pic was covered in snow as late as July, when we last came up.

 

In fact, the snow was so deep and heavy, look what it did to this trail sign!

 

Here’s another spot ready for Bob Ross to start painting.

 

And, not to get morbid or anything, but we envision our ashes being placed under this tree. If our niece can’t do it for us, we’ll be needing volunteers in thirty years or so. Any takers?

 

This is the view to the left of our tree. See why we want our atoms to be there till there’s no more there there?

That was our day off the grid. We like going out there two or three times a year, but autumn is especially nice. And because the road to get there is closed in the winter, we’ll have to wait now till early May.

Meanwhile, the pics will suffice …

19 comments on “A day off the grid

  1. islandeditions
    October 17, 2017

    Like, like! A thousand times Like!!

    • Kevin Brennan
      October 17, 2017

      Yay! It helped that the weather was sublime up there too …

      • islandeditions
        October 17, 2017

        I would volunteer to do the honours of burying you and your wife by your tree, but I think it more likely you will both outlast me by many, many years …

      • Kevin Brennan
        October 17, 2017

        Hang in there, Susan! 😉

  2. Priscilla
    October 17, 2017

    Beautiful views, just beautiful! If the road is closed in the winter, I guess you need to die in the summer or fall so your niece can get up there.:-)

    • Kevin Brennan
      October 17, 2017

      I guess the urns can wait it out in her garage till spring … 😉

  3. John W. Howell
    October 17, 2017

    Two thoughts. Well, make that three. 1. I’m surprised the forest is not further along after the 2008 fire. 2. In thirty years I will be 107. I don’t think I can make the trip to bury the ashes. 3. Beautiful photos. Thanks for taking us along.

    • Kevin Brennan
      October 17, 2017

      They even did a massive planting of seedlings there, over 19K acres, and it still looks like the road to Hades!

      Glad you liked, John, and I hope you make it to 107. 😉

      • John W. Howell
        October 17, 2017

        Ha ha ha. I can assure you the way I lived, 107 is totally out of the question. Thanks anyway.

  4. jilldennison
    October 17, 2017

    What gorgeous pictures! Like John, I am surprised the forest re-birth isn’t farther along, but then, that may be in part due to the effects of climate change, also. That must have been some snow!!! Like your other commenters, I will not be around in 30 years. Methinks you better start cultivating some younger friends 😉 Thanks for sharing your hike with us!

    • Kevin Brennan
      October 17, 2017

      Thanks, Jill. I think you’re right about meeting some milennials to do my funereal bidding. 😉

  5. kingmidget
    October 17, 2017

    What hike is this? Is it Mt. Baldy?

    And, by the way, you mentioned the fire started by lightning. My friend Jon that I just wrote about was responsible for developing the program that the State now uses to track lightning strikes.

    • Kevin Brennan
      October 17, 2017

      Yep, it’s Little Baldy, though we never actually see Little Baldy. It’s just a 4 mile hike, but it’s got such great views that we don’t mind the drive.

      I can’t believe Jon was involved in that lightning software. How awesome is that!?

      • kingmidget
        October 18, 2017

        Maybe I’ll try Little Baldy this weekend.

      • Kevin Brennan
        October 18, 2017

        Might be a little chilly on Saturday up there, but Sunday’s looking pretty nice. I’ll send you a map and trail description by email …

      • Kevin Brennan
        October 18, 2017

        PS — Camping at Robinson Flat is FREE! (No reservations tho …)

  6. pinklightsabre
    October 18, 2017

    They have Bob Ross masks for sale at the local Halloween costume shop. I’m not seeing that working really.

    • Kevin Brennan
      October 18, 2017

      I have my eye on a Bob Ross t-shirt. “Happy Little Trees.” 🌲🌳🌲🌳

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