Snow Daze in Southern California
Snow is coming!!!
One of the hardest parts of moving away from home was realizing winter would be spent without the snow. I love the look of snow, especially as it is freshly falling to the ground.
Unfortunately, moving to Southern California means no snow in the winter. Yet, just last week, a cold front was heading through and they were forecasting flurries. I’m not going to lie, I was a bit excited. Not for the cold, but for the possibility of snow. Unfortunately, the weatherman was wrong again. A couple storms did come through, but when it got cold enough to potentially snow, the sky was clear.
However disappointed I was to not see the flurries, there was still hope. The snow had fallen in the mountainous areas. Only a short drive away, and I could see all the snow to my heart’s desire! So that was the plan - a drive up the mountain to see the snow.
With my husband behind the wheel and me in the passenger seat, I started to wish I had taken a valium (or some other nerve calming medicine) before we took off. After all, I am deathly afraid of heights, and looking out the car window and seeing how far a person could fall off a mountain definitely doesn’t help.
If I had my way, I am pretty sure we would have been going up the mountain at a snail pace… which would have probably taken almost the entire day. So, to get over my fear, I documented our trip up, and down the mountain.
I like snow. I grew up in snow. I can't imagine a winter without snow. Yet, this year we moved to California. Not the part of California that actually gets snow... the southern part. The ability to go through a whole winter and not see a drop of snow is just odd to me.
However, I am lucky. I have the option of visiting the snow. While it isn't the same as staring out the window and watching as it falls peacefully down, visiting the snow is all I have, so I will have to make due.
This particular picture to the right intrigued me. The snow was deap were we were at, but you could tell it wasn't going to last long. It was already starting to melt.
A View From the Top
Is there anything more beautiful then being able to look down from the top of the mountain? I honestly don't know. It is vast. It is almost overwhelming. To be able to look down and see everything is almost awe-inspiring.
On the other hand, like I said earlier, I am not a fan of heights.
The drive down is steep, and I don't like heights. Yet every once in awhile you feel like you are driving through a tunnel. It makes me feel safer. I might end up hitting rocks if we lose control, but at least I won't be tumbling off the side of a mountain!
The trip up the mountain seemed to take forever, at least when you compared it to the drive down. The view from the top is breath taking. It will make you speechless.
The argument about missing the snow was always that in California I could go visit it any time I wanted. It was just a short drive away. Yet, for majority of the time, you are able to enjoy nice warm weather. I will admit, I do miss the snow, but I definatetly don't miss having to shovel or clean off my car.
If you are like me and you like the snow, taking a trip up the mountain is a good way to get your fix. You can make snow angels, you can make a snowman, you can even have a snowball fight.
Eventually you do have to come down the mountain. This was my trip. I hope you enjoy the beauty of it.