Street name signs, regulatory signs, American Sign Language, sign on the dotted line, “That’s a sign that an earthquake is coming…”
Signs are everywhere. But, many of the other hikers and backpackers that I talk to on the trail don’t like signs. The common response is, “I come out here to get away from civilization…these signs are uh, well, a sign that the NPS or the State is always there…”
Sheesh. Look at this weathered sign. Located at a major trail junction in the beautiful Mount San Jacinto State Park which is located within the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument in California, this sign is more than just, well, a sign.
Look at this sign…really look at the sign. It has been battered by the elements, a jaunty lean as if to say, “I’ve taken everything the southern Sierra can dish out…and, I’m still here…pointing the way…proud to be part of so many pictures…heck, the summit is just a bunch of rocks strewn about…look at me…orderly but a little rough around the edges and always ready to help!”
Yep, the area around this sign is a great place to grab a bite to eat, chat with other hikers, and even get your picture taken!
Mount San Jacinto State Park – http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=636
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument – http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/palmsprings/santarosa.html
Pacific Crest Trail – http://www.pcta.org/
California State Parks 150th Anniversary Link – http://www.150.parks.ca.gov/ Thank You to the Rangers on duty this past June who helped me find the right trail, told me where to stop for breathtaking views, and did it all with a smile!
So, where are you going to hike this weekend?
If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill!