Whatever Wednesday- Storm Clouds over Job’s Peak

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Job's Peak under Clouds

The view from my backyard all week has been cloudy with some rain.  In between He-Man and I have gone out hiking twice each time on a new trail.  If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen some images of the trail there.

Our hike on Monday was a 5.3-mile loop that wiped me out.  In Silicon Valley, I lived 257 ft above sea level. Here I’m 4,750 ft above sea level and the hike took us up to nearly 6,000 feet.  I was huffing and puffing and light-headed for most of it.  I am out of shape and not used to this elevation yet. A sinus infection and plugged ears didn’t help, but I hope this summer’s hikes get me ready for snow-shoeing this winter!

The weather may be unsettled here this week, but we are settled and on the road to discovering new trails and sights.  I hope you’re feeling settled in and finding some time to enjoy the outdoors this week.

Nikon D810| Nikkor 24-120mm f/4| Hoodman STEEL Digital Film| PS CC 2019

more to come…

47 thoughts on “Whatever Wednesday- Storm Clouds over Job’s Peak

  1. A beautiful view, indeed!! 👍 Happy to hear you are enjoying the new scenery where you live… but I imagine the higher elevation would be quite an adjustment! 😬 I’m sure the sinus infection didn’t help!

  2. Wow, this view, Deborah – magnificent! Should have warned you. In the first half year where I live, I thought I had breathing problems, – I just couldn’t get enough air! Just walking the steps in the front to the barn and back got me huffing and puffing – It went all away, once my system got used to the elevation. The trick is to walk slow, to prevent the light headedness:):) Still my jello does not turn out stiff, and my baking went down the pike! If you find solutions, I like to hear it:)

    1. I haven’t baked anything since I moved here, but I know baking temperature needs to change at elevation. Jello not setting up? That’s not good. I love Jello, especially when I don’t feel good.

  3. Hello Deborah! I found your blog through a comment you left on Erica’s Behind the Scenery blog. I love your mountain pic. I’ve lived in Utah most of my life and am still in awe of the mountains. Happy hiking! I hope you are over your sinus infection and feeling in tip-top shape.


    1. Hi Christie! I am much better thank you so much!

      Thank you so much for coming to look at my post. My son spent 4 years in Utah obtaining his under- graduate degree and we loved visiting him and seeing the mountains there. It’s a gorgeous state.

  4. Those views are stunning Deborah! Beautifully captured! I’d definitely be huffing and puffing at that elevation!! Oh my!

    1. PS: I doubt you are out of shape at all. The altitude adjustment can be difficult. Your “before and after” was about the same altitude as the changes I made. 15 years ago, Nashville to Albuquerque was also a similar change — I took that in stride. However, this time it had a big impact on me. Give yourself time.

  5. Magnificent, Deborah! Our daughter lives in Bend, Oregon, which has similar views of the Cascade mountains. Makes me feel like a child and want to drop to my knees. The elevation is a big difference, but you’ll get acclimated. Thanks for the view!

  6. Oh, my, I do envy you this view. I would never tire of it, either. (But I’m going to see it one of these days!!) 🙂 Glad you’re settling in and you’ll get used to the altitude. With views like this, you can just pretend your gasping with wonder.


  7. That’s a very pretty view. I’m looking forward to seeing that as the seasons change. I’m confident that you will adapt to the elevation. To go from running around Silicon Valley to snowshoeing is quite a change.

    1. I stopped to catch my breath a few times while he continued onward. I was able to catch up easily each time. He-Man thinks my lungs will get stronger with time. I hope so and I hope they take my legs with them! 😀

      I love this view. I feel so blessed to be able to wake up to every morning. It’s so different from our last house’s backyard view.

  8. Hi Deborah, Storm clouds and sun, beautiful! It is interesting how elevation can make a big difference in our capacity to take in oxygen. Stunning photo!

  9. Wow, nice scenery for landscapes! Acclimating to the altitude is the big issue when you move to high elevations but when you get down to lower levels you might become superhuman on hikes 😉 Glad you’re enjoying the new environment.

    Hope you got the new house warming gift hung on the wall; it was good that they provided the floating frame mount.

    1. It’s a pretty great view and a big part of why we purchased this house. I hope I get stronger in higher elevations.

      No, haven’t hung up your thoughtful and beautiful gift yet. I had He-Man hanging up lots of art the week before so I’m giving him a bit of break. Some of it is harder to hang than others. The print you sent has a template and hardware so, it should be easy. I have a spot for it already lined up!

    1. It’s not fun is it? I’m glad you understand how it gets to me. Hopefully living at this new higher elevation my body will adapt and it won’t be so hard on me hiking in higher elevations like it has been for many years.

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