dear mom, Mt Tam

discussions w/ MomCat 2014/01/20

Mt Tamalpais, in all her glory on a sunny Sunday afternoon!

it is a little strange going for a hike in Marin County (just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco) on a sunny 75F day in the middle of January. the sun was bright, the trail was dusty, and my skin still feels a bit warm and raw from being out all day. but sunny and 75F in January? yes, this is unusual.

the governor has officially declared a state of emergency, we are experiencing one of the worst droughts in recorded history. while the east coast has been pounded with that Arctic Vortex, it has been sunny and 75F nearly everyday since before Christmas. my friend visiting from London loves it, she soaks up every last drop of this strangeness. but the more permanent residents are very worried – we’ve had no rain since last spring (well maybe just a couple days in November), so there is no snow in the mountains, everything is parched and covered in dust, and we’re running out of drinking water (seriously!).

so what do we do? well, besides doing our best to conserve the water we have left, some of us are attempting to make the most of this curious weather. this weekend, we decided to climb Mt Tam.

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it happens to be one of my mother’s favorite places to go. growing up, i’d heard countless stories of different hiking, biking and camping trips there. and now i’ve finally seen it. she’s a big mountain, we spent the better part of the day climbing her. well, that and a nice leisurely picnic lunch at the West Point Inn.

happy birthday mom, she’s even more beautiful than you said she’d be!

<3

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ps – meet Priscilla, Celery’s cousin. she’s so pink, someone felt the need to key her front panel! she’s quite the personality, runs a bit hot sometimes ;*)

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