Yesterday I went on a casual day excursion with a friend to Peppermint Falls in Sequoia National Forest up in the Sierra Nevada. The weather was perfect, the falls were fabulous: the exfoliating granitic domes really made the backdrop spectacular. We had intended on a little dip/swim in the pools at the bottom, but it was pretty clear that this year's snow pack turned those little pools into turbulent meat grinders. Not to mention that the water was ice cold. Instead our back up plan of reading worked out wonderfully, and we got a solid two hours of recreational reading in with the roaring of water in the background. Not a soul was where we were, not even a squirrel or a marmot... I guess that's what you get for a Tuesday!