A baker's dozen gathered at the
Old Mill Picnic Area for a Thursday jaunt to the ski area. Today's trek
was a mere prelude, a preview if you will to next Tuesday's affair.
Leaving the construction site at Old Mill, we ambled upward through the
meadows to Lower Bristlecone, passing three wild horses along the way.
Dodging some construction equipment, we serpentined through the woods,
soon arriving at Upper Bristlecone. A mere quarter-mile up the
Bristlecone Trail, we looked for the sign pointing us to the BAR.
Someone stole it. Damn! Undeterred, we nonetheless took the detour to
the ski area. Not a whole lot of activity at the lodge at 8:30 in the
'em--not one, but six porta-potties at the bottom of the ski lift.
Mandatory stop. The real hike begins here, as a thousand foot of steep,
vertical terrain lay before us. Onward & upward we ascended under
the shadow of the chairlift. Just past the top of the chair, we gazed
upward at next Tuesday's route--the daunting pitch leading up to the
North Loop Trail. But that's another time and another day. For now,
lunch under the bull-wheel beckoned.
Ski Lee Part 1 was in the books. Stay tuned for Part 2.