Thursday, December 13, 2012

Goal #203: Find Something Unique and Bizzare in the Mountains

When my brother Tom and I were hiking up to the summit of San Jacinto, by chance we found the remains of a dead mountain climber. Her name was Brittany. How do we know that?  Well, here’s the rest of the story.

As Tom and I climbed down into a crevice to get out of the wind, we found a small wooden box, measuring about 6 inches long by 4 inches wide by 3 inches deep. On the top of the box was inscribed a short message. It said, “Here rests the remains of a dead mountain climber. Please do not disturb.” On the back of the box was the name Brittany. No last name.

From what we can piece together, it appears that Brittany was an avid climber and outdoor lover. We have no clue what she died of but it appears that family or friends cremated her body and brought a portion of her ashes to the summit of San Jacinto Mountain where she can enjoy a new sunrise each and every day. I thought it was a wonderful tribute for someone who surely must have loved being in such a glorious place.  

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