Sunday, December 21, 2008

SNOW DAY!

So after the winter storm we had last week which dumped up to 2" of rain in parts of San Diego, and up to two feet of snow in our local mountains, the family and I decided to take a trip up to Mt. Laguna for some fun in the snow. We woke up early, had a nice breakfast, and then drove about 45 minutes inland to the Lagunas.

The base of the "mountain" was dry without any snow in sight. We then continued up the hill for about five miles when we came to a roadblock -- the CHP (California Highway Patrol) was directing all vehicles into a turnout and instructing drivers to install snow chains. Vehicles with 4WD were allowed to continue without installing chains, while those without 4WD or snow chains were told to turn around and go back.

Road Leading up the MountainRoad Leading up the Mountain

Once we had our chains on, we continued up the mountain. It wasn't too long before we hit snow-covered roads. The snow plow had already made a couple passes prior to our arrival, but had left some packed snow on the road surface as there was ice underneath, and everybody knows that driving on packed snow is safer than driving on ice.

Snow-Covered Sunrise Highway
Snow-Covered Sunrise Highway

We finally reached a clearing with snow-covered hills on which some people were already enjoying themselves. We parked our truck, bundled ourselves up nice and warm, and headed out into the snow for some fun. What a blast we had, especially Anthony because he hadn't been in the snow since he was four or five years old.

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Gena, Anthony, and Chris
Gena, Anthony, and Chris

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