The other day I started out for a hike on Laguna Mountain. I was expecting cool weather and hoping to see some autumn colors. Instead, I drove right straight into Winter Wonderland. What a surprise!
On the way up the mountain I was amazed by this brilliant tree along Hwy 79 just before Descanso.
Cuyamaca Lake was covered in three to five inches of snow.
See the blue sky and clouds.
This was taken near Lake Cuyamaca Store.
I continued up the mountain toward Mt. Laguna and found more snow as autumn and winter battled for prominence. You can see for yourself:
It was wonderful visiting the snow on this particular occasion: the roads were clear, the sun was shining, the sky was blue, and the temperature was mild. Even with all the planning and organizing we get caught up in, sometimes the unexpected can be the real treasure.