Yesterday I was supposed to go snowboarding with a friend. I had been looking forward to it for a while. I haven’t done much snowboarding this winter, and my new snowboard is barely broken in. (Getting 100+ days/year is a fading memory.) I’d just finished packing my stuff, and some yummy lunch, when my friend discovered that his snowboard was stolen, he had it in a storage place. Slightly disappointed we decided to enjoy the day outdoors anyways.
We decided to go snowshoeing above Heart Lake. We rented snowshoes, and drove up there…or almost up there. Two miles from Castle Lake, the trailhead you park at, to hike to Heart Lake, there was so much snow on the road that we decided it wasn’t worth the risk of getting stuck. It had been lots of snow for a few miles, but as we gained elevation the snow depth increased even more. It was only two weeks ago since my last visit there, but there was considerably more snow now, and the temperatures were dropping. The road started to become very icy.
Of course we couldn’t give up on the day yet, there was still a few hours of daylight left. We decided to visit Castle Crags. It was marvelous, as always. It was the first time I visited Castle Crags National Park that I didn’t see any bears. There’s lots of black bears in this National Park, I usually see them, but I’ve never been bothered by any of them.
I think the majestic granite spires of Castle Crags, in northern California, is one of the coolest places around. I enjoy feeling small, in comparison to the awe inspiring nature in Castle Crags wilderness area. I keep returning. Sometimes to enjoy the view, or show visitors these amazing creations, sometimes for a hike, a picnic, or some silent meditation. It’s definitely one of my favorite places. Despite everything, it was a great day.
Do you have a favorite place that you keep returning to?
I hope that you had a wonderful weekend, and that the new week started in the best possible way for you 🙂