SUN CITY
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BRUCE KLIEWE...ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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This hike will take me up another hillside --"mountain"
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First, the human element
I've seen so few people on my hiking adventures --thus far
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That's my first objective
It's also my first encounter with cactus in these parts
Unusual I'd say, considering how ubiquitos it is in SoCal
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Up I go
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I asked this old prospector --with white beard-- how was the view at the top
Great, he said
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Hmm
Agra related??
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..........................................................................I'm not alone..................................................Hey, there's that cross again...quite a bit closer now
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It didn't look that high to begin with
Actually, I've climbed another hill...and soon another --and another
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Almost as high as the snowy mountain --yeah, right


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..................................................................................Some kind of creature..........................................................................Cat fight??
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........................................................All he needs is a red and white suit --with a black belt.......................Now you see it...now I don't
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..................................................................I see real good...............................................I can smell real good...........................OK, I know, I've got a big mouth
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...........................................................................I don't have much of a face...but oh those lips...............................Those look pretty damn good

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................................A man and his smartphone --and his dog.................................................................................................................Forget all the beauty around
............................................................................................................................................................................................................Then again, he's probably used to it
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............................................Looks like a roller coaster

Oh, there's two crosses...and only a hill climb away
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But that's not where I'm heading today...maybe on the return trip
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A little telephoto brings them closer
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Could that be Canyon Lake over yonder??
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First looking South (above) now North
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Was I down there before??
Now it seems I'm almost eye level with the snowy peaks
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....................................................................................Here's looking at ya............................................................................................So near yet so far
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.................................Mums the word.....................................................................Seal?  Walrus?............................................................I admit, I'm still kinda green
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...............................................................................No faces, far as I can see, but I like the pattern......................................O, but keep looking
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Yes, similar shot
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Off the grid
I shot this from the other side on a previous hike


I'll grid and bear it
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A little closer to what I'm sure is Canyon Lake
It does indeed look surrounded by houses...so trails may be very few --if any
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Oh come on now
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Well now, that looks out of place
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OH  Wow
A house was the last thing I expected to see way up here...and a burned one at that
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It doesn't seem that one could drive up here
But there doesn seem to be a road of sorts in front of the house
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As for the path up here, the one I took
It wouldn appear to be a challenge for a vehicle
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xxxThis roof doesn't look burned?
But then maybe this is internal installation...and didn't burn
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Can't beat the view from this --former-- residence
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xxxAgain, the interior doesn't look all that burned
Maybe it was a terrific wind?
It certainly looks open to the elements
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Then again, maybe those timbers don't look all that burned?

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Seemingly, a young child or children were involved
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The chimney appears to have been tagged (graffitti)
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Speaking of graffitti
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xxxI saw all these ceramic work initially beneath the tree with the clothing hanging in it
But didn't realize at the time what I was seeing
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I also didn't pay attention as to where I entered this pathway up to the house
As a result I lost the trail, and subsequently spent considerable time --and Effort-- going up and down the steep hillside several times
I knew what direction to head in, but expended considerable energy trying to find the path


Finally landed back on solid ground --and the path
Again seeing the off the grid housing, I was at a much lower elevation this time
So the pathway was obviously much higher up
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(Finally) getting back here, the shadows had deepened