The wildflowers of California are ablaze with color. If you have the chance get outside and enjoy the rare spring show that is happening now.
Good grief it’s cooking. 102F so that means it’s time for a short bike ride and little freedom!
I powered up Mt Lassen today. Of course I had to do a victory photo!
My recent freehike got me super motivated to check out another section of the PCT. This time I headed up the mountain on the southbound section of the PCT out of Bouquet Canyon. This trail has lots of shade early in the day and makes for a great hike. Heading up the trail I came across a hiker that was coming down. A brief chat ensued and we carried on. Once this textile hiker was out of site it was time for freehiking! Continuing up the manzanita lined trail I was greeted by blue jays and a few crows. At one point 4 crows were diving down to a lower elevation and the wind rushing over their wings startled me. The sound was akin to a drone! They were whizzing through the warm air at high speed. Climbing higher the trail was narrowed in a few places by lots of shrubs and pokey yuccas.
The views to the west were good. A slight haze hung in the air and prevented seeing the farthest peaks clearly. Cobblestone Mountain was barely visible in the distance. The temperature was in the high 80’sF so it wasn’t scorching like a few weeks ago. As I approached a heavily wooded area of black oaks I thought I could relax and take a break in the shade. Not today! There were bugs, and I mean bugs! These small little fly-type creatures were going in my ears, up my nose, and landing all over me. I had to constantly wave them away.
There is a natural spring here called Bear Spring that was being occupied by hundreds of bees. I quickly scooted through their drinking session and reached the ridge and the end of the hike. The PCT descends from here so I found a good spot to stop and enjoy the 360 degree views. Mount Gleason to the south was easy to spot. Being up at 4,586 feet of elevation with no tree cover made for great views to the north of the west end of the Antelope Valley. There were signs that people had been here. Not a lot of trash but toilet paper was here and there. I found a rocky point to take an obligatory photo of the spectacular view and marveled at the vista. Next time I’ll bring my backpacking gear and spend the night up here. It’s so quiet and peaceful.
Heading down the trail was uneventful. I didn’t come across any other hikers heading up which was surprising since the weather was nice. Freehiking down to about a mile from the trailhead seemed like a good idea. It’s hard to see who else could be sharing the trail in some places so putting on my running kilt was the best bet to avoid scaring someone. Arriving at the parking area I found that I was the only one there! After a quick bite to eat it was time to head home, naked of course with the windows down!
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My wife and I made our annual pilgrimage to the Olive Dell Ranch a few weeks back and it was perfect. Sunny skies and clear cool water in the pool made it unbelievably relaxing. We arrived around 9:30am and smoked a big bowl of nature’s best and took a hike into the hills away from the ranch. The nature trails are well marked and climb quickly. I encourage everyone I talk to about Olive Dell to get naked and hike the trails. There are excellent views of the surrounding area plus you may spot a rattlesnake or other critter looking for a bite to eat. The best part of hiking the trails is being nude. It’s seriously the most mentally freeing experience I can think of. No chafing, no itchy fabrics, just being human!
Getting up to a high point we enjoyed the view and decided it would be best to head to the pool for the rest of the day. Only one other guest was in the pool area that early and we exchanged greetings with her. Naked people are so nice! We set up our spot under a large umbrella and put on sunscreen. For the rest of the day we alternated between swimming, eating, and just plain doing nothing but relaxing in the sun and enjoying conversation. As the day wore on more and more people filled the pool area. At the end of the day my wife turned to me and said, “I’m glad we came here today, I needed to do nothing.” Of course doing nothing with no clothes on is the best!