Back to our trip - the day had come that we needed to move on from my favorite campsite with the expansive views of the Lizard Head and other mountains. My camera was out all night on our last night, taking photos of the stars.
Here's one of the photos from that night. If you look at the horizon, you can see the "Lizard Head", the volcanic plug that's like a small tower pointing toward the sky. Above the horizon, you can see the zillions of stars spinning around the North Star. Many stars were visible because the moon had already set.
I awakened at dawn to bring my camera into the LabMobile. The smoke from the western fires muted the light of the almost rising sun. However, I loved seeing the layers of ridges with haze settled between them.
It's not a morbid sort of pondering but, rather, it's a process of realizing, yet again, that I love this life and want to make the most of every day.
With those thoughts in my mind, I set off on a point-to-point ride to meet the pack near our next campsite. As I rode, I kept looking over my shoulder at the region I have come to love so much.
It turned out that our next campsite was near a gorgeous trail network for mountain biking and running. It was a new area to us... and I'll tell you a bit about in the next installment!