Sunday was such a gorgeous day for a hike! When we drove up to Mount Baldy to do a half-day hike, we were pleasantly surprised with snow! We knew it rained the other day, but I didn’t think it got cold enough for snow. Man, was I wrong!
But gorgeous, warm days mixed with snow can also lend for erratic conditions. And starting into our hike was like playing Angry Birds. Mac and I were dodging falling chunks of snow coming off the trees and we were getting drenched from the melting snow raining above us.The ground was icy and very slippery. While we were equipped for the hike, the elements didn’t make for the relaxing hike we wanted. So, we ditched our half-day hike and headed up to the top of the mountain for a scenic ski lift ride, breakfast and beer (still a great plan, eh?).
But if you didn’t know… Ski Lifts scare me! The sheer anticipation that comes with having to hop on it at the right moment. The fact that one is just sitting on a really simple contraption of metal & wood. The other fact that its just suspended on a cable many, many feet above the ground. And then you need to hop back off and hope the chair doesn’t hit you on the butt. It’s terrifying!
I’m not afraid of heights, but ski lifts scare me. Haha. Let’s just say I gripped the center pole tight.
But *whoosh*, we barely made it. I was so famished from the ride up that I had to stuff myself with potatoes and eggs. And a cold beer.
Remember: Less oxygen at higher altitudes means drinking less will have the same effect as drinking more at sea level. <=Get all that?
Look at that view, won’t you? This pic is from the lodge restaurant at the top of the mountain. And it was about mid-60s. I only needed my long sleeve shirt. It was gorgeous out. Well, the snow was blinding at times, too.
We ate, we drank, watched the people snowboard and ski down the expert hill. Then we caught a glimpse of the kids tubing. Finally, we sloshed our way back over to the ski lift. So I could tense up about having to hop back on. But I did well. I felt a little more calm on the ride down. I mean, it was only right to enjoy the awesome snow scaped views – the fresh powder and the icicles on the trees.
Do Ski Lifts scare you?