When I lived in San Francisco, one of my favorite outdoor getaway destinations was the Snow Mountain Wilderness within the Mendocino National Forest (my other favorite was Lassen National Park
). Snow Mountain is aptly named, as its a mountain, and its covered by snow year-round. My friend Tod and I hiked to this same spot a few times. The first time it snowed about a foot overnight despite being late Spring. The second time was amazingly clear, though the winds topped nearly 100 MPH that night. My sleeping bag inside my little one-man tent generated so much static electricity that it glowed like a fluorescent lightbulb. Oddly, it was the only time I got cell phone reception. The photo below was taken just after sunset but before the winds really picked up. You can just see the moon in the distance.
The Snow Mountain Wilderness at Sunset (click to enlarge)
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