I spent the weekend in Clairemont, Caifornia (east of Los Angeles) for some much-needed Recharge-the-Batteries-By-Playing-in-the-Snow time. There is a ski lift atop Mt. Baldy, hiking trails, waterfalls, pine trees, craggy cliffs and dozens of switchbacks. Mountains and snow at 10,000 feet + sun dresses and orange trees at sea level= everything that I could ever want in life and more.
Driving up the mountain...cacti and snow
The city of Whoville [Clairemont] far below the gorgeous mountains
The one totally bizarre thing that Californians do is they fill up their trucks with snow before leaving the ski area.
Then they drive down the mountain with snow on the roofs of their cars. This is a ritual that I do not understand.