Friday Photo – October 6, 2017

My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place – police, firefighters, and members of our armed forces.

~Sydney Sheldon

Today’s Friday Photo is the third of a six-week theme to commemorate my completion of the 2017 Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge. Each week will feature a photo I took on the trail to the peak, or from the summit of the peak itself.

This photo was taken from the summit of Mount San Antonio (Peak Number Three in the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge),  aka Mount Baldy. At an elevation of 10,064 feet, Mount Baldy is the highest point in Southern California’s San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. On this particular day, The Heroes Project hosted their annual Climb For Heroes event (you can read my hike log here). This event honors our military veterans and, more specifically, our disabled military veterans. Many of our disabled veterans participate in this hike, and some are amputees with prosthetic limbs. It is both amazing and inspiring to watch our veterans accomplish such a rewarding achievement as summiting Mount Baldy.

The tattered American Flag was erected at the summit on this day, in honor of our veterans, and also to commemorate this wonderful event. This was also my first time summiting Mount Baldy and it was a wonderful experience for me personally. I loved it so much that I went back about three weeks later to summit it again. I am also looking forward to many more in the future.

~ Photo Taken May 21, 2017, 10:57 am

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