Sometimes, a quick escape from the default life is exactly what is needed.
Wife gone with her friends this last weekend, so grabbed the dog and headed to the mountains for the night. I have mixed feelings that there is still no snow at elevation. We need it, but without it I can still get access to Slick Rock Trail near Bear Valley, CA. A trail I have run many times over the last 30 years, but never camped at one particular spot that always looked nice. Finally took the opportunity to give it a try. What a great spot.
I came in from Hwy 4 side. Someone has re-tagged this as a "JEEP" route instead of "4wd". I'm OK since I have 2 Jeeps too.
Very very little snow. This was the most I saw.
Getting into where I camped is fairly tame. Going past where I was gets a little more difficult. Here's the report from when I went further in the SMB 5 years ago. Doing the entire trail in the van would gut the undercarriage.
Camp for the night.
Did a short hike with the dog (Oreo). He wears out quickly and needed to sit in the creek for a little while to cool down. Good looking dog, but a slug.
Can't go up to Arnold area without stopping here for some apple cider and apple cinnamon donuts!
All in all, gone just a little over 24 hours, but worth it to escape the default world, if just for a little bit.