1. Alternate routes if we should need to leave the area in the event of natural disasters
2. Research for a book I’m writing
3. A break from life
Concerning number 1; we live in an area where wildfires abound, trains carrying chemicals come thru multiple times a day, snow and rock and mudslides take out roads every year and no matter which direction we go, there are very old bridges of suspect design. These conditions are standard in any mountain town. So we like to have choices and we like to know the pros and cons of all the various ways to leave the area.
Number 2: I’m working on a novel that uses parts of the Beckwourth Trail and we are slowly following all of it so I can get a feel of what it was like for those early pioneers. Jim Beckwourth (or Beckwith) discovered the lowest elevation pass in the Sierra Nevadas.
That white stuff in the background is snow!
Number 3: When you both live and work at the same place you really have to leave in order to have a break. Someone is always intruding on our together time. Besides, who doesn’t want to spend a day meandering through the mountains? And meander we did. It was wonderful. We saw very few people and enjoyed the peace and quiet enormously.
Become aware of the reasons you may need to leave your home and find all the routes that you can. Hopefully you will never need to use that knowledge in an emergency. However you may use that knowledge for a day out! Have fun and remember to carry a some food, water and first aid supplies at the least.