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Thanksgiving Weekend

Carolisa Pomerantz and I celebrated Thanksgiving with with Ruth, her 96 year old mother, an inspiration to us all. We were joined by Judy Margolin for a heartfelt dinner.

Then it was time for a tradition that Carolisa and I have adopted in recent years, walking off our feast with a visit to the Sierra Club's Harwood Lodge on Mt. Baldy. Officially known as.Mount San Antonio, at 10,068 ft it's the tallest peak in the San Gabriel Mountains, and the highest point in Los Angeles County. Its massive white hulk dominates the LA skyline after winter storms, with good skiing via four chair lifts.

Warmed by the lodge's fireplace we enjoyed good conversation with friends old and new who shared our love of the outdoors.

Our favorite hike is through Icehouse Canyon. The name dates from the 1860s when an ice harvesting plant in the lower canyon supplied the precious commodity to residents in the valley below. The plant is long gone, but the trail hugs a year-round creek that bounds under a canopy of fir, pine and cedar. The weather was delightful, although Sunday a storm rolled in stymieing plans for further hiking. Luckily, snow did not fall which would have made a challenging drive home.

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