Desert Views from Kwaaymii Point

A couple more photos from last Saturday – my friend Tracy and I went to the Laguna crest for sunset, before driving down into the desert to make night photos. My initial idea was to hike Garnet Mountain (easy to mix up with Garnet Peak), which would have been an easy addition to my “collection” of peaks from the 100 peaks list.

Except that one needs to find their own way through the hardy shrubs of the mountain chaparral, and that turned out to be not such a great idea wearing shorts. :-} As the saying goes, you will smell nice when you hike through sagebrush, and you’ll be scratched and bleeding when you hike through chaparral.

It was hot in San Diego’s inland areas and in the desert that day, but up here, a light breeze and 28°C/82°F were really pleasant with the low sun. And the views from Kwaaymii Point (or other spots along Sunrise Highway, were it gets close enough to reveal the desert below) never disappoint, of course. Standing there up high and looking out over this barren, rumpled and empty landscape is like getting a glimpse into “forever”, manifested by the seemingly endless vastness that stretches out below and beyond. It’s a calming, soothing and humbling experience.

On this particular day the desert was incredibly hazy – partly from monsoonal moisture for sure, but apparently also from the smoke of wildfires burning further south, in Mexico. Adding to the mystery and magic of the moment, the landscape disappeared into the haze, tinted by the warm last rays of sunlight stretching out over the Laguna crest.

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