The day dawned clear and mild. Perfect. I did two things a little different on my way to the open space. One, I took my son, Will's, car in order to put a few miles on it. Two, I loaded up my pack with enough weight to equal what I'd probably carry backpacking for an overnight hike. Around 40 pounds. Heh, didn't feel that much at first, but by the end of the day, my shoulders and feet could feel the difference. Of course, I made my standard stop to pick up an Americano to drink and an orange cranberry scone to nibble on : )
Got to the parking lot pretty early. I saw a few, very few, people around the parking area. I saw no one on the trail. Amazing.