Trip Start Jun 22, 2010
27Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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It was chilly as we headed through the woods. Luckily the path began at a lower incline, but soon we were walking uphill through the damp cool air. “I’m not sure if I want to go all the way up,” Mike panted explaining how he was feeling drained from the previous day’s driving if not also from the two week trip
The clouds swirled around the giant plutons adding a mystical and almost dream-like quality as we navigated our way up and over the rocky path. The crags did resemble a medieval castle bordered by tall granite towers. I don’t know if it was the fog or the fatigue that contributed to the sense that we were wandering through our own fairy tale where a dragon or a knight may appear needing to be slain. The end of the trail was not marked, so we continued exploring the large boulders at the tops of the Crags. As the rocks became slickers and steeper, we determined we had definitely gone beyond our goal. As we retraced our steps, the clouds began to dissipate from around the crags. However, they still clung to the surrounding mountaintops. We could see more than earlier and enough to see that on a clear day, the views must be incredible. I couldn’t help but be disappointed that the weather was not cooperating. On a positive note, we had made it to the top, a mere 2200 foot climb to the spectacular Castle Dome. And a six mile hike is a great accomplishment especially on a yucky day when all you want to do is stay in bed.
Five uneventful hours later, we arrived home to sunny skies in Monterey. Our two dogs, Harley and Riesling were all waggy tails as they greeted us. The Wednesday night sailing club was in full effect as dozen of sailboats dotted the sapphire water of the bay. Our vacation was over, but I had nothing to complain about.