My regular readers might have noticed that I didn't add much to this blog yesterday, and it tood forever for comments to be approved and posted. There's a good reason, and it wasn't laziness.
A couple friends and I went up into the Sierra to go hiking yesterday. I'm apparently not 25 anymore, which is how old I was when I hiked the 14 miles (and 7,000 vertical feet) up the Barr Trail to the summit of Pikes Peak in 5 1/2 hrs, and after a 45 min rest turned around and hiked the 14 miles back down in 4 1/2 hrs.
No, nothing so dramatic this time.
We hiked up Round Top in the El Dorado National Forest, east of Sacramento and kinda-sorta on the way to Lake Tahoe. I wish we'd known yesterday about the station mentioned in that link, although one friend said he did see remnants of a foundation.
Last year when we hiked it there was no snow at all. It was a long winter this year and snow was still abundant. The small lake partway up--still lots of ice, with a deep blue arctic color. Summit pictures I've seen on other web sites don't do it justice--it's steep, it's jagged, and the wind blows viciously. It's no Everest, but for us rookies, it's a fairly good hike.
Good thing I went in the hot tub last night. Muscles are only moderately sore today!