Wow, 360 miles round-trip and a good use of my time. Thank heavens the governnment will reimburse me for my excursion and pay me for showing up. Tax payers' dollars hard at work! And...I might get called back again next week (although Friday afternoon I received conflicting automated messages from the court). Apparently the right hand isn't quite in synch with the left!
Standing at about 1,546 feet at its highest point, this volcanic remnant is the tallest of the "Nine Sisters" in SLO (a chain of volcanic peaks stretching to Morro Bay). I chose the steep route (see picture below), accessible by parking on the gravel lot and ducking through a fence on Foothill Boulevard. Apparently the official entrance, the longer (and less steep) 2.2 mile route to the summit, begins on Patricia Drive. But I clamored for a vertical confrontation with the mountain.
San Luis Mountain loomed across from its sister, covered in green velvet.
Rocky trails and stunning viewpoints provided a welcome respite.
Birds soared above, where these rocks jutted from the highest point on the mountain.
High on the peak, a new recipe sprang to mind, one that was inspired by the lime basil I picked up at the farmer's market that morning. This refreshing elixir further strengthened my body and spirit, offering a cooling, alkaline effect and invigorating, thirst-quenching end to a long, hot trek and an arduous week.
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups ice
- 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 medium lemon, zested and juiced
- 2 medium limes, juiced
- 10 small lime basil leaves—about 1 tablespoon, chopped (if you can't find this varietal, use any fresh basil leaves and add zest of 1 lime)
- 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons raw honey (I used Stoltey's mixed floral for its deep, rich taste)
Directions couldn't be more simple.
Serve, sip, relax.