A little public service announcement for ya…
“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” – John Muir
Yesterday, Jason and I got out and hiked to the saddle just below the summit of Mission Peak (we didn’t have enough daylight to safely make it all the way to the summit and back).
Strangely ominous weather loomed at the summit (thunder and materialize that did not lightning into storms, however, did give a spectacularly dramatic sun-setting experience on our way back down.
We watched a hawk keep an eye on us from the top of one of the poles for several minutes, we saw signs of big snakes slithering across the trail, and we saw a giant Jackrabbit scurry off-trail.
We watched someone paraglide off the peak and watched them land – that was pretty cool!
We have trekked up this trail a number of times and now use it as a training ground for other hikes. It’s a butt-kicker: it’s about 2.7 miles to the top with around 2,500 feet of elevation. When we turned back, we were about 2.5 miles in and had about 2,000 feet of elevation.
All in all, it was a very good day, and as John Muir said, “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”