Hiking Madonna Mountain

This morning I hiked Cerro San Luis Obispo, otherwise known as Madonna Mountain. It was a foggy morning. The view of the fog after climbing above it was spectacular. i took this picture from about halfway up Madonna Mountain, looking out over the valley.

The fog looked like water spilling across the valley.

The fog looked like water spilling across the valley.

Near the top of Madonna Mountain I took this picture of Bishop Peak.

Bishop Peak stood well above the fog.

Bishop Peak stood well above the fog.

As the morning progressed the fog rolled away. A view of the morros never fails to impress me.

And one more of Bishop Peak.

And one more of Bishop Peak.

A controlled fire and a smokestack were burning in San Luis, so the fog was joined by a bluish haze. When the fog eventually left altogether the haze remained.

The valley seen through the fog.

The valley seen through the fog and haze.

The Madonna family puts a large steel cross on the very peak of the mountain for Easter weekend.

The cross on top of Madonna Mountain.

The cross on top of Madonna Mountain.

A view of Laguna Lake, with the base of the cross in the foreground.

A view of Laguna Lake, with the base of the cross in the foreground.

Some of the rocks at the top of Madonna Mountain have graffiti on them. It is sad, for it detracts from the natural beauty of the formations. As I looked at the cross and the majestic rocks it stood on, it seemed rather fitting that people would tarnish the beauty of the scene. Among the various symbols, words, and objects painted on the rocks one made me smile. It was a declaration of love (I think), with anatomical accuracy usually not seen in stick figures. I have many questions about this painting

The anatomically correct graffiti couple.

The anatomically correct graffiti couple.

The hiking on the Central Coast has been great. Now that things are nice and green the views are incredible. I plan to do some of the hikes I have already done again when things turn golden this summer.

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