Monday, September 24, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
I found some amazing lenticular clouds
Utter Destruction at the Summit
Unfortunately, the top was covered in fog! I couldn't see anything!!!! My 4:45am wake up wasn't seeming so cool anymore. The last few hundred meters of the hike were utter destruction. Trees were downed everywhere and over the trail. At the top it was like the mountain got a haircut. It seemed like every tree that could be seen was shaved down to about 8 feet. The guard rails, part of the platform trail, and the hut at the top were all destroyed.
On the bright side, I had an incredible solitary hike up the normally crowded mountain where I didn't see a soul the entire way up and only a couple of friendly groups on the way down. On the way down however, it was just my luck that after about 30 minutes, the skies cleared just enough to see the top. I was way to exhausted to turn around, and it's a good thing I didn't because the clouds came back right away. Another typhoon, Tembin came the next day, maybe filled the crater even more, but I couldn't make it to the mountain on the weekend. There's another typhoon coming this weekend though!!!
Sunday, September 09, 2012
One of the signs of the beginning of summer is when the hydrangeas come in full bloom. It looks like I actually took this picture in July. You can see them in the gardens and along the roadsides. I especially like to see them as they line both sides of the hiking trails in deep green, blue and purple.