Our goal was to get to Mt. Hamilton
and do that iconic selfie in the fish eye mirror with the
observatory in the background. We'd had a good breakfast of crepes
with leftover fillings and coffee. Had peanut butter sandwiches
for the way up and plenty of water in our luggage.
While we were on light rail I
figured out how to put her visibility vest on her camelback. Did
that because it wasn't big enough to go over both it and her. Much
more visible on it. Not only that, but it wouldn't be another
dressing hassle every time she took her backpack off. My one size
fits all OSH safety vest didn't have that problem.
We also realized that her phone had the only camera with us. Thank
you Virginia for taking every picture on this page. Great birthday
The journey was 24 miles of uphill
through very dry scenic wildlands. The road was two lanes, most of
which had a double yellow line down the middle. It was wide enough
and empty enough that we felt safe enough. Every now and then
another car or motorcycle would pass us, but usually they gave us
a wide margin.
It felt like a victory when the
observatory finally came into view.
Looking at the observatory in this
picture, it doesn't look as close as it felt at the time. I think
that's because putting people in the foreground instead of miles
of ignored valley made it smaller.
Every pedal stroke felt like
Steadily we got views that were more
and more high level.
The bad news was that we didn't get
near the top until after they had closed the parking lot gate. We
weren't getting to the fish eye. The last hundred yards or so of
the trip were blocked of by that metal gate. I was thinking of
going through the thing somehow, but Virginia didn't want to
violate the law. The "Violators will be prosecuted" stopped her.
Came down with the light fading
slowly away. It was very dark when we came out of the very
fabulous restaurant where we had supper.