I found this twisted old Pinion Pine on a dirt side road which they call a “shelf road” as it winds all around a mountain’s side. They are always very narrow, consisting of dirt and gravel, filled with fallen rocks and washed out parts. I’m always relieved to usually be the only one on one of those roads as I would have no idea how to let an oncoming car get by since there is no room and nowhere to turn around, and one side goes almost straight up and the other side goes straight dpwn—-and I mean waaaaaay down. But when I’m by myself I have a good time on those roads and the views are usually spectacular. It seems I traveled a whole lot of “shelf roads” during this trip. This year the pinion nut harvest was huge and every tree seemed to be packed with cones bearing nuts.