Spring has sprung early
TrailHacker, a friend of ours named Paul and I went for a quick overnighter on the Manzana Trail. Our plan was Ray's Camp but someone had already selected to camp there. So we hiked on and found another nice camp less than a quarter mile further along.
The weather was amazing. It was hot during the day. Paul had salt stains on his shirt. We even considered taking a dip in the Manzana to cool off. The evening was balmy. We sat out around our unlit campfire circle and chatted until dark without getting really very cold.
Tony kept going on and on about Hurricane Deck. Then he brought us all chilled Hurricane Deck beer from the creek. It tasted mighty fine. Paul shared freeze-dried ice cream sandwiches. What will they think up next?
We slept warmly. Paul said he was a little cold in his 30-degree bag. TrailHacker was burning up in his 10 degree bag. I was as warm as at home in my 20 degree bag in bare feet and shorts.
On the drive home, we stopped to take pictures of the bright green hills. Already the flowers are in bloom. We saw poppies, shooting stars and chocolate lillies. April will be too late for the Figueroa Mountain spring wildflowers this year.
Sometimes a quickie overnighter is just the right thing to do. Best Valentine's Day ever.