When I was a kid my dad said "Alright we're going to Palm Springs, bring a sweater". Palm Springs being of course one of the more happening desert hangouts, I couldn't figure out why he was asking me to wear a sweatshirt to a sweltering wasteland. Upon arrival, we hopped a tram that took us to the top of these incredible mountains, and within 15 minutes I went from sweating bullets in the desert heat to being appropriately dressed for cross country skiing in the mountain snow.
skorzy opted to take me for a day hike up in these mountains, which luckily was a good 40 degrees cooler than where we were staying in the desert, and just a short 8500+ft trip straight up!
First, a really bad photo taken from the car just to show you guys how abruptly the terrain changes. This is at the base.
And all of a sudden...pine trees!
Whyfor this nature be spitting its pinecones on me?
What's beyond this ridge? Find out next post! :D