First, though, I went up to Sentinel Park and visited A Mountain. It's sort of like going to the top of Cadillac (in Acadia) but with a completely different feel. Since it's not part of the National Park system, it's not in pristine condition. There's graffiti. There's shining glass and ground-in litter in the parking areas. The views are incredibly expansive - 360 degrees! Granted, the view does not include ocean and lakes and incredible greenness, but the views of the city, with mountains, and cacti and beautiful blue skies are just as spectacular in their own way. The cars parked up there - and there are many, many people enjoying the vies, sitting on the rocks and looking out over the expanse - are, for the most part, battered and old. Mine included. A free view. Clean air. What more could one want?
I found my last letterbox of the day along the side of Wade Road, in a desert setting, in the midst of all sorts of cacti. The letterbox was called "Cactus Village." Cactus Village to be sure! Two different kinds of cholla, barrel, prickly pear, and saguaro plus a whole lot of creosote bushes and small palo verdi trees - just gorgeous, just sitting there. With the letterbox sitting innocently a hundred feet or so from the edge of the road.