A mountain for the first day of year 62

A mountain climb! From CC’s house, you can see Spirit Mountain, and I really wanted to get up there!

I had a very tough time finding any information on this hike. Apparently, not a lot of people do it. I was determined. I finally found a photo of a route. Good enough for me.

CC let me take his Hummer to the trailhead – he had work to do and doesn’t like heights……

The trail leaves from a dirt road called “Christmas Tree Pass”. From the car, there really was no trail. I kept going in the general direction my map photo was leading and found some cairns. Turns out, there were cairns the entire way up. The route was easy after all.

The trail was rough and steep in a few places, and toward the top, eased off and was a joy. The summit was a bit windy, so I bundled up.

The entire trip was 4 miles, and 2,166 feet elevation gain. The perfect first day of my 62nd year!

Birthday #62

Aren’t birthdays fun? I know many who dread them and focus on the getting older part of birthdays. That’s not for me! It’s a one-way age street, no matter what, so might as well enjoy the ride. Birthdays are really a private holiday just for you.

Mine, this year, was super fun. After a morning run, CC and I went for a flight into the desert of Nevada in his Experimental 170B. It’s a big, heavy airplane compared to CM, I flew some……

Fueling up

Our first stop was route 66 on a section (mostly) closed to traffic. Two trucks rolled by, one stopped to see if we were ok. When we told him we were just out landing places and “getting our kicks, on Route 66” he laughed and said, “why wouldn’t you”!!

Next up: the town of Nipton, CA. We landed on a road next to the railroad tracks. A group of people watched and waved as we taxied up toward town. Nipton is an old railroad and stagecoach stop, the place is quaint and quiet. It was recently sold for $7.7 million Surprisingly, there was an area full of Burningman Art! One of the pieces I remember seeing on the playa.

Grocery Cart Burningman Art

After flying around, we returned to CC’s and spent the evening soaking in the hot tub and lazying by the fire. I’m now ready for another lap around the sun.