Blaise Pascal, Penseé 347: “Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature; but he is a thinking reed. The entire universe need not arm itself to crush him. A vapor, a drop of water suffices to kill him. But, if the universe were to crush him, man would still be more noble than that which killed him, because he knows that he dies and the advantage which the universe has over him; the universe knows nothing of this. All our dignity consists, then, in thought. By it we must elevate ourselves, and not by space and time which we cannot fill. Let us endeavor, then, to think well; this is the principle of morality.”

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Kaiser Peak

Labor Day used to mark the end of summer, and I wish it still did. But for people going back to school in August, the end comes sooner, and for me, a trek to the top of Kaiser Peak has taken the place of Labor Day as the temporal boundary between summer and that ambiguous California season, fall.

Elevation Gain: 3,000 feet, from 7,000 at Huntington Lake to 10,320 at the top.
Hiking Time: 3.5 hrs. up; 2.5 hours down
Distance: 6 miles up and another 6 down, from the stables at Dry Creek
Take a lot of water.

(Huntington Lake before College Rock)

(Luke, Sarah, and Gail Bernthal)

(China Peak over the lake)

(At College Rock)

(The trail getting close to Kaisar Peak, over the tree-line)

(Edison Lake)

(In the midst of the Sierra Nevada)

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