I was a passenger yesterday with Dave Berry driving his vintage 1966 Toyota Land
Cruiser - the high clearance and 4-wheel drive was necessary on the rough road
and many stream crossings along Hi Mountain Rd. driving in from the Arroyo
Grande side. At the lookout we met up with meteorologist John Lindsey, with
SanLuisObispo.com at The Tribune newspaper, and Chris Arndt, with
SLOweather.com, who reinstalled the improved and better working WeatherElements
station. View the online weather station at
www.condorlookout.org<http://www.condorlookout.org/> . During the day Dave
removed the damaged storm door for repairs and installed the new 12-volt lights
in the glass display case. I photo documented and evaluated a number of future
maintenance and improvement projects for the next upcoming workday event.
The skies were sunny and clear, afternoon temperature was comfortable in the
mid-60's, light SW wind throughout the day, and good visibility. The inland view
of the snow-covered Sierra Nevada was impressive.
A new mammal sighting for the Hi Mountain checklist was a black-tailed
jackrabbit running along the lookout road between the two gates. On the return
drive coming around a curve a startled black bear bolted off the road, crossed
Trout Creek and could be heard moving through the understory beneath the oaks on
the opposite hillside. That was fun.
Photos of the views and workday activities are posted at the Hi Mountain Lookout
Facebook page at