Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year from Echo Mountain



I beat absolutely everyone on the way up except him. We took turns taking the lead, but he won on the very last incline. He was pretty proud about that until I told him I was hiking with a broken toe. Looks sceptical, doesn't he?








Echo Mountain was the site of a huge luxury hotel at the turn of the last century and could only be reached by donkey, foot, or an engineering-marvel of a trolley. Feet still work.






The hotel lasted a scant few years until fire took it down. But the hill remains a good place to go when you want to dream big.

On the way down I met a neighbor and we finished up the hike together. Also ran into someone else you might know.

25 comments:

  1. A hiking race! Hmmm... glad you stopped long enough to take the pictures, hope you do that for the rest of the year as well!

    Happy New Year!

    Sunshine Coast Daily Photo - Australia

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  2. What a way to start the New Year, KB! I guess all that barefooted running finally caught up with you. I hope it's not too bad. The photo of the White City resort via Wikipedia looks amazing. Let me see, let me see, what else can I think of to say before asking who your mystery man is????

    wv ingunfie

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  3. You and that dangblasted competitivre thingo!

    I remember you (I think it wast thou) telling us about this resort in an earlier post. The gears look great.

    I suspect a donkey would still work.

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  4. You broke your toe?

    2010. Doesn't seem real.

    I'm impressed that you hiked this morning. I was in the kitchen. Now, my black eyed pea cassolet is almost ready and the cornbread is cooling! Brownies are next. I'm planning on eating for most of the rest of the day.

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  5. I'm distressed that you chose your own exercise over watching the game(s). And you raced rather than meditating. You've been very bad.

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  6. I think the hotel also had a restaurant with a spectacular view!

    Btw: I can’t imagine anyone beat you, but the toe explains it all. The photos are great!

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  7. Happy new year! Many thanks for all your essays this year. And may your toe heal well. Looks like a lovely hike. I'm about to set out on my new year's hike.

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  8. (My toe is fine. I just hate to lose.)

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  9. This reminds me that I have a brunch of good stuff to eat rite now!

    I hope you came down from your mountain with a new, new yrs resolution.

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  10. He does look a little skeptical, like he knows you. ;)

    Pretty view up there, nice hiding spot from the Rose Bowl mania!

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  11. Love the photos! Hate the sense of inadequacy compared to how I frittered away the day.

    So, on the hike who got the last word?
    (Oh come on, somebody had to ask!)

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  12. And you funny guys, this isn't who I'm seeing. But interesting chap -- going to crew on the Sea of Cortez. And Earl is right, he looks like Jack Nicholson.

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  13. What a gorgeous view! He does sort of look like Jack Nicholson;)

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  14. Circa "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." But I didn't say that.

    GG

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  15. I'm checking in here late. I hope that is ok. I thought "JACK NICHOLSON"!! Isn't there a Lakers game he needs to attend?

    I feel so inadequate, eating sauerkraut and pork for one side of the family, black eyed peas and cornbread for the other side. We even took my mom a new TV for her bowl games. But no hikes, CRAP!

    When your toe heals (haha) wanna come hike? I'd let you win anyday. Just leave Jack at home.

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  16. Color me vert with envy. What fun to meet J+P on the trail.

    I love you all. Happy New Year, and I will take you all with me to Paris. Have I told you lately how very blessed I am ??? When I think about it too hard... I cry.
    Silly me!

    V

    My wv is ASPORKS.....that's me! HAR

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  17. Hope you didn't take the Sam Merril trail up all the way. The ridge trails/ deer trails while much more steep bypass much of the Sam Merril trail & is faster when many folks clogging the main SM trail. Just watch out for coyote & deer scat,lol.

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  18. It was fun seeing you up there. And it was so great to be on the hill again, after way too long. No sign of the parade from there. Not even the blimp.

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  19. I too am impressed that you, "Jack" and Petrea and Jon all went hiking this morning!!!

    We were a bit worse for wear this morning after a verrry late night and not much sleep...and Laurie...we pretty much ate all day today too!!!

    But what a wonderful way to start the new year...outside in the mountains, out on the beach, but especially with good friends and loves!!!

    Happy New Year!!!

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  20. A broken toe? Oh, pooh! Sorry to hear that, KB. Even sorrier it cost you a win that you clearly had in your sights. That aside, wishing you a happy and healthy New Year, and a toe that's good as new in no time.

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  21. That giant gear fascinates me. I have a book Mount Lowe; The Railway in the Clouds by Charles Seims if you ever want to borrow it. We're lucky this landmark was spared.

    sorry you lost but I'm sure you've had your share of wins too

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  22. I walked an hour in 30+ degrees today with a toe recovering from ingrown toenail surgery. Do I get ANY credit here???
    V

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  23. I never see Jack Nicholson when I walk the trail here in Birmingham. I wonder why????

    My wv is LIPSON.

    Is that like lyposuction? I need me some of dat before I leave for Paris Friday!

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  24. I've been wanting to do that hike again - it's been a couple of years (sadly). Maybe we'll run into each other.

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