Emmett Tried to Kill Me (or at least my legs)

Emmett and I spent a lovely Sunday morning and afternoon hiking the Heaton Flats trail in the Angeles National Forest. While it was only a 6.2-mile hike, we could feel the elevation gain burn in our legs...an average of 650 feet per mile. The last time we did a big elevation hike was way back in August when we were in Mineral King. So, needless to say, I sit here now, very glad for the fresh strawberry lemonade spiked with vodka that Emmett has made me while hoping the ache in my legs will go away very soon. What did we do when we got home? Well, I took a one-hour nap while Emmett washed and waxed my car, did a load of laundry, and prepped the veggies for the Zen Soup I made when I got up. I love that man.

East Fork of the San Gabriel River

Layers and layers of mountain ranges.

We love hiking ridgetop trails!

View of Mt. Baden-Powell, which we bagged last year! It's so fun to see peaks we've climbed to from a different perspective.

Crossing over from Angeles National Forest to Sheep Mountain Wilderness.

Our first glimpse of Mt. Baldy

Wildflowers still in bloom.

Near our lunch spot - views of Iron Mountain and Mt. Baldy.