Friday, November 13, 2009

THE HIGH COUNTRY BECKONS


I have been hoping to get up to the mountains again soon before we start getting snow, but I needn't have worried about the last storm--it dropped very little rain in the flats and wasn't cold enough to snow in the mountains. It did drop 1" - 2" in the foothills above La Canada Flintridge, though, causing a wall of mud to inundate some homes.

There is nothing like getting up to around 7500' or more, into the tall pines. This photo is from one of my favorite places, Grassy Hollow, in the Angeles National Forest, which was fortunately spared from the ravages of the last fire. Unfortunately, because of continued road closures from the valley side, one must trek up the loooong way: up the 5 to the 14, out to the Antelope Valley, past Pearblossom, then up to mountains from the back side. It adds more than an hour extra to the drive. It actually takes less time to go to Mt. Pinos or the San Bernardino Mountains now.

But it's calling me, and I may have to give in to it soon!

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