It was supposed to rain over an inch today in Southern California. That’s a lot for us. Enough for most here to reconsider their weekend activities. For instance, I was hoping to have made a weekend trip out to Joshua Tree National Park myself, but when the rain came down yesterday, I pictured myself soaked to the bone carrying my camera gear around in 40 degree weather. Not my idea of a fun weekend.
So I hung out around the house, got some chores done, and worked a bit on my book. Rainy day activities. Funny enough, though – the rain didn’t come.
So late in the afternoon, I grabbed my rain jacket and hiking pole and headed out to do a little hike in the local hills. I went to my favorite spot: Echo Mountain. It stands about 2,500 feet above the San Gabriel Valley and has some cool ruins of a 100-year old funicular train station and hotel. Along the 3-mile trail, I passed many hikers coming down. When I reached the top at about 5pm, I was alone. Just me, the clouds, and the spectacular view of the Los Angeles area.
I listened to my iPod on the hike and at the top, a Sigur Rós song began to play. Untitled #6. It really added to the mood and thought it would be appropriate background music while you view the photos and videos I took (with my Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS)