I had a blast getting this guy out on Sourdough yesterday! I'd turned around on this hike last year after nearly stepping on a bear, and this year was still not easy. This trail gives you the first 3000ft in the first 2 miles, and it was during this gain that a bee flew up my nose and stung me 😵
Photo 1: view of Colonial
Photo 2: views of Diablo Lake with Buckner, Boston, Snowfield, etc in background
Photo 3: meadows give way to views of Despair and the Pickets
Photo 4: the lookout and Ruby
The sphinx is a fabulous creature with the body of a lion and the head of a king. This one was successively inscribed with the names of the pharaohs Ammenemes II (12th Dynasty, 1929-1895 BC), Merneptah (19th Dynasty, 1212-02 BC) and Shoshenq I (22nd Dynasty, 945-24 BC). According to archaeologists, certain details suggest that this sphinx dates to an earlier period - the Old Kingdom (c. 2600 BC).
This is one of the largest sphinxes outside of Egypt. It was found in 1825 among the ruins of the Temple of Amun at Tanis (the capital of Egypt during the 21st and 22nd dynasties). This impressive stone sculpture with its precise details and polished surfaces is a work of admirable craftsmanship. The recumbent lion, with tense body and outstretched claws, gives the impression of being ready to leap. The shen hieroglyph sculpted on the plinth under each paw evokes a cartouche, confirming the royal nature of the monument.