So begins an absolutely amazing birthday weekend that
Danielle planned for me. It all starts with a long drive
Thursday evening, June 13th. All I know is that our
destination is within seven or eight hours from home. All
along the way, I'm trying to guess where we might be going.
Tahoe? We left my work
at about 7:30 PM, with Danielle driving. As time passed,
I'm narrowing down the destinations that I know how to
reach from the roads we have been driving on. Nope, not
Yosemite, we should have taken that exit. Hmm. Could be
the Tahoe area, because we're still heading in the right
direction. After dark, Danielle passed the car over to
me, and we've been getting closer and closer to Tahoe.
Danielle is adamant that we're not going there though, so
I still don't know where we're going to end up.
About 20 miles from Lake Tahoe, we pull off the main road, onto a back
road, and end up at a campground. Hmmmm.... Now, I find out what my
birthday sup rise is! A day of hiking, two days of climbing, and three
nights of camping. Whoo!
We arrived around midnight and set up camp. The next day,
lo and behold, there is an absolutely huge (300-500 foot
high) cliff named
Lovers Leap towering above the campground.
You'll hear much more about this cliff in the