Our morning started with a hike through a lively green forest.
And during our morning break, a loud rumbling sound grew louder and louder until this gentleman appeared upon his many horsepowered atv.
He shared some ice cold bottles of water and after asking if we were packing heat, showed off a massive handgun he kept holstered at his side. He also had a less threatening but no less intriguing lithium battery powered chain saw that he kept handy. He was an enchanting fellow.
We were treated to clear skies throughout the day, thankful to be free of the haze that surrounded us for days.
I was hiking with some buddies when we reached a compelling view of Mount Shasta. I told them I'd see them up trail, entranced by the beauty of the mountain.
I took several photos of this gorgeous monolith, and once Britt caught up, we shared the view for a while.
The clouds shifted as we watched the mountain. Toward the end of our rendezvous, it looked like smoke was rising from its depths.
We eventually got up and hiked on into the slowly setting sun.