Thursday, May 12, 2016

Hello Mt. Laguna

Heading east from San Diego on Route I-8 
just above the Mexican border - 
then north on Sunrise Highway 
my daughter and I found Mt. Laguna. 
(Elevation 5,738 ft) 

Edited: Topaz

The air was cool 
and the views were breathtaking. 

Our plan was to hike a specific trail.  

But the problem: 
We couldn't find said trail. 
So after our failed search, 
we just picked a random trail. 

It seems that nothing on the trail map 
matched anything in real life. 
That trail map was useless.  

An agricultural burn with the Salton Sea immediately in the foreground. 

We ran into a local who was readying to do some mountain biking. 
He was fascinating to talk to and 
he explained much of what we saw. 

But we never learned what the story was with these 
cemetery markers found randomly along the trail. 

We didn't risk going too far 
for fear of getting lost. 
Being from the east coast 
where there are tree covered mountains, 
it seems much less likely to get lost when you 
have a clear view back to your starting point. 


Chere Mama said...

Those California mountains have a beauty all their own, don't they? I went to college in CA and we spent many a week end hiking further north. That's when I discovered that there are a million shades of brown and yellow. Hope you all had fun!!

Tamar SB said...

This is a gorgeous place to hike!

MadSnapper said...

I was so relieved when I got to the bottom because all the way through I was thinking how easy it would be to get lost in this stunning and spectacular spot.. wow and wow. number 1 and 3 the trees are gorgeous.... i love dead trees... i would love to see this

Suburban Girl said...

Yes! I love the mix of colors.

Sarah Huizenga said...

Such a different landscape then here.

Kerry said...

Beautiful! It is a little strange to see grave markers, though. I wonder what the deal is.

What Karen Sees said...

Lovely vistas, and interesting scenery.

Kim Cunningham said...

Beautiful! I love the painterly feel of the first image!