For many years of my life, I was very active in the Boy Scouts of America. Here, there were two choices: head north, down the side of the mountain, or south, alongside the mountain. I can’t really tell from the satellite or street views but it looks like the Mountain View Performing Arts Center has a garage, entrance on Mercy north of Castro.mountain

Compared to my JetBoil, the boil time was much slower, though stupidly I forgot to invert the canister to see if it had any effect. This mountain overlooks the town of Zermatt in the canton of Valais to north-east and Breuil-Cervinia in the Aosta Valley to the south. About 1.2 miles down the Weakley Hollow Fire Road from the Old Rag Saddle, we came to the junction for the Robertson Mountain Trail, right before the fire road made a turn to the right. Dull winter is depicted with dark shadows & highlights, while summer and spring seasons are shown by the shadows of bright sun light on the mountain slopes, with the tints of greenery sprinkled on them. There are pockets of good riding on Maui but not enough to warrant bringing your mountain bike instead of your surf board, yet. The two hit it off like old friends and realized that they both shared a passion for mountain biking and exploring new terrain.

In fact, if you live in Mt. View and work in SJ – which I basically have done all my working life, that’s a car ride via 85 that takes about 15 minutes. Low cloud still obscured the view as I set off south-west in the direction of Llyn y Fign at the south end of the ridge.mountainmountain

Mountain School students come to the North Cascades with their school class, teacher and chaperones to learn about the ecosystems, geology and natural and cultural history of the mountains. We found a second place to look off the mountain back in the direction we’d come. Last people capable of climbing three times the peak of this mountain is Thomas Huber of Huberbuam, overcoming all three pieces on the wall, and he dares to jump from one peak to other peaks. Well for me it can be summed up in a single phrase that I heard some years ago: We are allowed to experience the valleys in life so we can better appreciate the mountain tops.

Of course, there was the obligatory glacier-clad Mount Rainier view as we neared the mountain. American planners seem to not understand that it is the total door-door travel time that matters. Once you are done with shapes and textures, shadows & highlights are added to the elements of your mountain landscape drawing. It was the first time I’d used my new Kovea Spider stove and whether it was the temperature or me being used to my Jetboil I was surprised how long it took to boil. Mountain View is the same as the suburbs I’ve lived in give or take a hundred or so per square mile. If buses have to do additional turns to get in and out of the loop, you’ve just added precious seconds to the bus-train transfer time.