Wednesday, February 06, 2008
The Mountains Win Again
As you may or may not know, we’ve been getting some rain down here in Southern Cal, and BOY did we need it! Not only is the rain great for the soil but it clears out the haze and smog, making it look a lot cleaner here. For instance, on a Saturday (1/26) there was a break in the rain clouds resulting in a beautiful, sunny, blue sky day. With the thick dirty air washed away, we were able to see all the way to the mountains, and MAN what a gorgeous sight!They were caked in snow creating a striking contrast to the surrounding terrain. We took these pictures from Mountain View Park (which is where I proposed to Katie almost four years ago) on the corner of Bastanchury and State College in Fullerton- across from the Summit House for all you locals. The park has a breathtaking view of the valley below.Believe it or not, on a clear day such as this last one, you can actually see all the way to the cluster of buildings that make up downtown Los Angeles.We actually had trouble finding a parking place near the lookout point because everyone and their dogs were out to get a view of these now rarely seen giants. We spoke to one man who had moved here from out of state last May and didn’t even know these mountains were there until now. There were cars everywhere on the road, many with just their hazard lights on, so people could stop and get a quick snap shot of a side of California that is usually hidden from us busy city dwellers. Sadly, now the curtain of smog is closing and these snow-capped peaks will soon be completely out of sight again. Thankfully, though the photos hardly do the scene justice, we were able to capture some of the beauty before it faded away.