I took off from work early yesterday to make up for some of the overtime accrued over the weekend. Instead of heading home and vegging out for the afternoon, I decided to go for a hike to Quartz Mountain (a.k.a. White Spar)
There was a few inches of snow on the ground. Wherever there wasn't snow there was plenty of mud to sink my feet into. 5.25 miles round trip, and I got back on the road right as the sun was setting. A great way to spend a winter afternoon!
Near the beginning of the trail. Lots of animal tracks, no human tracks (other than behind me):
A view from the top of the spar, looking into the area that was destroyed by bark beatles and later by fire:
And once you get to the top: a nice treat of fruit leather! It looks like leather, and definitely feels like you are chewing on leather, but the taste is good!
A picture of the lumbar pack that accompanies me on every hike I take (it gets stowed inside my bigger pack if it is a longer hike). Other than the camera hanging on there, its all survival goodies inside:
Once I got back to my truck there was a little 2 wheel drive Isuzu Amigo that got stuck trying to go up a very icy hill, and ended up sideways in the middle of the road. So who was in the vehicle? 6 teenage girls... with no sweatshirts, no water, and very view pairs of real shoes. So I helped get their little vehicle pointed in the right direction and made sure that they got back to town without incident. On the road to Chino this was the view:
I need to take more afternoons off!