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Brad Young
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« on: November 20, 2017, 08:57:38 AM »

As I put in an email about our hike yesterday:

"Tricia and I did the Yolo County highpoint yesterday. It was "only" 8.5 miles of hiking. But five miles of that was cross-country, at elevations between 1,800 and 3,200 feet, in an area that burned two years ago. It's been a long time since I was so blown out tired, so scratched and abraded, filled with leaves, sticks and sticker burrs. And blackened from the soot on burned remnants."

This one goes now gleefully off the list. Five out of 56 more to go.

Parked at the trailhead:




Tricia used duct tape to hold up her Dirty Girl gaiters (since this pair of shoes didn't have the attachment velcro):




Here we are almost at the end of the fire-road portion of the hike. Now we've got to go cross country to the highpoint/summit which is in the left-center of this photo:




Down through brush into Davis Creek. And now we've got to go back up:




Yes, there's a Tricia in there (she's just left of dead-center);




There she is:




At least the burn left open areas leading up to the ridge-top (although the mile and a half along the ridge - holy damn!):




Looking back over Davis Creek at where we'd come from:




A mile and a half of this:







There's the summit; oh joy, only a few hundred yards more of this crap:




Little Blue Peak:




On the summit:










We could see fresh snow in the Sierra (looking to the southeast):




And then there remained only to work our miserable way back to the car. Did I mention sticker burrs:




And soot and sweat:







They call Yolo County one of the hardest highpoints. But it can't be hard, it's "only" 8.5 miles for the round trip. It was hard. But I think miserable is the better descriptor. Glad to have done it though (and Tricia said the same thing):






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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2017, 09:23:39 PM »

sticker burrs. No thx.
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2017, 09:35:29 PM »

Better than ticks. Lots of those today - but none on me or Tricia. And what incredible views!
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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2017, 10:23:45 AM »

After a Pinnacles research day, Tricia and I got in another county highpoint on Tuesday (as always, with Vicki's help). What a contrast between the Monterey County highpoint (Junipero Serra Peak) and Sunday's Little Blue Peak.

Junipero Serra is in the Ventana Wilderness, reached through King City. And, although it requires a grueling uphill (over 3,800 feet gained in 6.2 miles), there's a trail! Yes, in few places the trail is brushy, but it still seemed so luxurious compared to Little Blue.

And the views from the top! This is one summit I would highly, highly recommend. I know that Waldo's been there four or more times.

Here's the trailhead and the start of the hike:










Vicki hiked partway in with us:




And then the uphill began:













Looking down the canyon we came up:




As we neared the summit we moved around onto the northeast side of the peak. The hiking there is through gorgeous stands of Ponderosa and Sugar pine:




A lone sugar pine, looking east:




The same side of the peak had the only true brushing of the whole hike (and there, the trail-tread was very easy to follow):




The old, abandoned lookout tower (which is actually on a secondary summit, 1/10th of a mile from the real top):




And the views from the summit (squint and Japan seems visible out over the Pacific):










Goofing off on a leftover concrete stanchion:




This view is from slightly east of the summit; looking east over the Salinas Valley, Soledad, and the Chalone Peaks at Pinnacles. I'd actually expected to see Pinnacles clearly from the top of Junipero Serra. But once there I realized that we were looking down on it, even down at the High Peaks. And so the features that I expected to see (rocks, up high) blended completely with the higher ranges to the east of Pinnacles:




I believe that the High Peaks are visible in this shot, just left of the tops of the right-most tree branches:




Reading and signing the summit register:













And then the descent. It took us 3 1/2 hours to hike to the summit. And two hours to descend:







And now I've got four more county highpoints to do (out of 56). And Tricia's done 35 of 56 (and she's only 15 years old).


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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2017, 01:27:22 PM »

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And Tricia's done 35 of 56 (and she's only 15 years old).

 The percentage of modern men that will be able to keep up with Tricia is dropping steadily.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2017, 01:50:06 PM »


The percentage of modern men that will be able to keep up with Tricia is dropping steadily.  Smiley


Well that got a laugh out of Vicki. And it may well be true.

Meanwhile, I sent a link of this report to my mother (sending these to her is one of the main reasons I do these reports - well that and the fact that I love all of you).

Leave it to a mother! Here's the reply I got back [emphasis added in bold]:

"Well, this one sorta takes the cake.  The burrs, the stickers, the dirt, the shirt buttoned the wrong way.  Very impressive.  Always love seeing these."

Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes




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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2017, 06:06:15 PM »

there's a wrong way to button a shirt?
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« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2017, 06:59:42 AM »

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the shirt buttoned the wrong way.

Affention to DETAIL, wow. Make sure Mom proofreads your next book before publishing.
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« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2017, 07:48:24 AM »

Tell her that's how the cool kids wear it these days. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2017, 04:32:55 PM »

While we were highpointing, Katie was spending the week in Joshua Tree (she went directly there after getting her WFAR certificate).

She showed up at Thanksgiving looking like... well, like she'd been climbing in J Tree for a week:


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« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2017, 01:34:33 AM »

Looks healthy
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« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2017, 06:02:05 PM »

Turning now to events involving the other daughter....

Most readers of this forum know Tricia and would likely agree that she isn't easily intimidated. School? Nah, she's got that dialed and almost always gets A+ with an occasional A. Volleyball? Not really, not once she made the team. Band? Pure joy, no intimidation. Hiking? Er, right, none that I could do with her would phase her. Climbing? Occasionally she's a little nervous.

So it was interesting to see her this morning, just before she left for school. This was about three hours before her first-ever driving lesson (with a school, as required by law). She was pretty nervous!

I texted her afterward and she admitted that it had gone fairly well. And later, when I picked her up to go home, I let her drive. My little baby is growing up  Wink
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« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2017, 06:30:31 PM »

Not another one!  These marks against my age will not stand!  Grin
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« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2017, 06:38:33 PM »


Not another one!  These marks against my age will not stand!  Grin


Your age? Sh#t, Vicki still calls you "the kid."
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« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2017, 07:22:42 PM »

She's got it under control.
Our little baby is all grows up.
She's all grows up and she's all grows up and she's all grows up.
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