Keeping with local, short, and simple (but interesting) brought us to Rhyolite Point on the edge of the Soda Mountain Wilderness for a four mile hike. From a pull-out on the road to the Pilot Rock trailhead, we went south (which is really NOBO) on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) for a bit, then cross-country over Rhyolite Point (Point 5401 on the map), then down and along the PCT to a viewpoint for Mount McLoughlin, then back along the PCT to the trailhead. Except for three hikers who passed us on the PCT (at a distance since we were off-trail looking at flowers), we were alone for the day.
Some of the south facing slopes along this route are now warm enough, and still wet enough, to host some of our favorite early blooming wildflowers, such as Yellow Bells. Although clouds from a passing (dry 😦 ) front messed with the big views, the resulting diffuse light was ideal for wildflower photos. Plus The LovedOne hadn’t been to the point. So win-win during another three hour parole from the incessant drumbeat of the Big V.
This blog has been, and will continue to be, about our hikes and other adventures (when we can do them again). This does not mean that we are blind to all the hurt being dealt throughout the world by the Big V. 😥 We aren’t. But there’s little we can do about that nasty little piece of partially animated protein 😡 except try to keep it away from us (as the chance of it killing us is not negligible) and others. We also recognize that mostly dumb luck has landed us in a place where the Big V has not had (and hopefully never will have) a big presence and where going outside is still possible and allowed. For these things we are truly grateful. That said, our little hikes will continue, both for our sanity 🙄 and (hopefully) for vicarious enjoyment by others across the webiverse. 🙂HOME