A Hike on C Hill, May 10, 2016

20 May

Last Christmas, Jerri gave Dalan 12 things they would do together throughout 2016. One of those things was to hike C Hill together. They decided to do that on May 10 and I was invited along. Such fun it was on a gorgeous day!

Here is a little explanation about C Hill for those of you who don’t know about it. C-Hill is a popular summit just northwest of downtown Carson City. It is so named for the “C” representing Carson City located on its east-facing slope. After 911, a group of folks built a giant all-weather flag above the C. People love it and it looks really cool above the C.  The route we took was about a mile long and had a gain of a bit of 1000.’ The summit of C Hill is 5775.’ It was pretty steep at some points and Jerri and I were panting. Dalan just trucked along like he was a gazelle. That’s what happens when you’re 13 and in terrific shape! (Don’t forget to click on the photos to enlarge them)

A photo as we began our hike. The "C" can barely be seen at the top, center of the hill. Note how blue the sky was that day.

A photo as we began our hike. The “C” can barely be seen at the top, center of the hill. Note how blue the sky was that day.

This photo shows our goal as we neared it.

This photo shows our goal as we neared it.

We saw several varieties of wild flowers and passed by some beds of white lupine that were so sweet that the odor was almost sickening.

We saw several varieties of wild flowers and passed by some beds of white lupine that were so sweet that the odor was almost sickening.

The view from just above the “C” was a super panorama of Carson City and its valley.

Looking northwest. The white buildings in a row at the base of the mountain/hill in the center are the Carson Tahoe Hospital.

Looking north, northwest. The white buildings in a row at the base of the mountain/hill in the center are the Carson Tahoe Hospital.

Looking northeast. You can see hwy. 50 going east toward Dayton.

Looking northeast. You can see Hwy. 50 going east toward Dayton.

Looking east. You can still see Hwy. 50. The big white building in sort of center is the old Ormsby House (a hotel and casino) Between the Ormsby and 2 red -roofed buildings is the capitol. It’s pretty much hidden by trees.

Looking east. You can still see Hwy. 50. The big white building in sort of center is the old Ormsby House (a hotel and casino) Between the Ormsby and 2 red -roofed buildings is the capitol. It’s pretty much hidden by trees.

Looking south east toward the south end of Carson City. Prison Hill is the hill between us and the mountains in back of it.

Looking south east toward the south end of Carson City. Prison Hill is the hill between us and the mountains in back of it.

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We finally arrived at the flag and took this silly picture. You can see the flag in back of us.

Then we turned around and took some more silly pictures.

Then we turned around and took some more silly pictures. Between my hat brim and left thumb, you can barely see the cupola of the capitol building. It’s a silver round thing.

These are the painted rocks that form the "C." You can get a perspective of the steep incline when you look at the buildings below. The building with a parking lot is a good sized church.

These are the painted rocks that form the “C.” You can get a perspective of the steep incline when you look at the buildings below. The building with a parking lot is a good sized church.

We're starting back down the trail. Slide Mountain is the snow covered peak in the background. Its elevation is 9698." That is short by Colorado standards but not bad for a Sierra "foothill." :-)

We’re starting back down the trail. Slide Mountain is the snow covered peak in the background. Its elevation is 9698.” That is short by Colorado standards but not bad for a Sierra “foothill.” 🙂

Jerri didn’t sit in anything. That pink thing on the back of her gym shirt says “Strong Bodies, Happy Minds, Healthy Lives.”   I think that’s an apt motto for a person going to the gym on a regular basis.

The lizard below is the only critter we saw (besides birds). He was a large one, maybe 12” long. His tail might have had a mishap as it looked like it was growing back and didn’t have the design that his body did. I’m thinking he might have been a type of alligator lizard.

The lizard below is the only critter we saw (besides birds). He was a large one, maybe 12” long. His tail might have had a mishap as it looked like it was growing back and didn’t have the design that his body did. I’m thinking he might have been a type of alligator lizard.

It was a great day and a fun time that made me grateful that (A) Jerri and Dalan wanted me along and (B) I can still do it.  Yea!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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