Saturday, November 19, 2011

Ramona Epic #32: Cahuilla Mountain (Part 2)

Continuing from where I left off in the last blog, this is looking toward the east. All the roads you see were what we came up on. The road in the middle of the picture that runs from the south to the north is the one we took from the highway.This is looking back at where I had come from.

It is not too long after the above picture that the hike started to flaten out for a while. Again, this was not a major elevation hike, but it did have some uphill. It started to get a little more foresty here.
This came across as an odd site as we went through.
Speaking of odd, I thought this was so odd that I thought these types of manzanita trees had what looked like a "rubber" outside layer to them. That was my first impression of them. The outer layer of the wood had a dark red/brown look to them in such a way that they stood out as if they had just been painted. The picture does not really give you the impressions we had at the time, but it did stand out for us as we went by them.
As we continued through this area, the hike was getting easier. In the distance of the following picture you can see my brother as a small dot on the left. Originally, I thought the hike would end by climbing up to the summit just to the left of him.
That turned out not to be the case. We tried that route, but we quickly realized that was not the way. So, we got back on the path where you see him standing and continued in that direction.
I finish this one up tomorrow.

Ramona Epic #32: Cahuilla Mountain (Youtube Version)

Ramona Epic #33: Cahuilla Mountain (Vimeo Version)