Yesterday was a trail running day with my wife. It was expected to be hot (and it was!), but my wife doesn’t like driving up to the high country like I do. The compromise was to run on the shady north side of Mt. Wilson, basically dropping 1,250 feet down to the west fork of the San Gabriel River and then climbing 1,250 feet back up, all in a distance of about 11.5 miles. It was a beautiful route. Despite temperatures somewhere in the range of 100 degrees Fahrenheit, the heat was mostly tolerable because of the shade and ample stream crossings to cool off.
This run also set a record: four wilderness balloons in a single outing. Unfortunately, I was only able to retrieve one of them. I’m sure that mother will be happy to know the celebratory piece of trash she released into the sky was retrieved from a boulder that was really hard to get to. At least it didn’t end up choking a marine mammal.
Because there were four today, I’m not posting separate maps (as I usually do) of the locations of each one. The balloons from this day are Balloons 12-15 on the Map of All Wilderness Balloons. Photos of each are below.
About Wilderness Balloons: I see an unbelievable number of balloons in an unbelievable number of wild places during my forays. They are strung from brush and trees in remote wilderness and hanging from the legs of birds. Mylar balloons frequently cause wildfires when caught in power lines. Balloons are destructive trash and should never be released into the environment. For more information from the US Fish and Wildlife Service about this issue, read here (warning: graphic images of dead wildlife).
Map of All Wilderness Balloons