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I could feel the pollen filling my lungs.
This spring was different from the four others I had experienced here in California; everything was alive and thriving thanks to a massive amount of rain that hit the region in the winter after an almost decade-long drought. I headed up the approach trail to one of my favorite climbing areas near San Diego, seeing the wildflowers that lit up the side of hike-el-cajon-mountain with variations of bright colors.
Wildflowers aside, I venture here every spring in search of another view: that of the marine layer filling in the valley below. Formed over the ocean, this layer rolls in as a layer of clouds, shrouding the view of the geography below. As I climb to the top, the layer makes me feel as though I’m at 17,000 feet; in reality, I’m pushing 3,500.