It’s the Alpine scenery behind the Mitsubishi L200 that caught my eye, not so much the truck, although it is a bit eye-catching with that distinctive angled gap between the cab and bed. The Hintertux Glacier is in a branch valley of the Zillertal, just a ways down the Inn Valley from Innsbruck. We visited it in our last trip there, exactly six years ago.
I shouldn’t complain; just yesterday I had a fabulous hike in the Cascades, to the top of Black Crater.
It’s one of the smaller volcanoes in the long line of the Cascades. We’re looking south at the Three Sisters, the North Sister being most visible. It’s been a tough year for hiking due to the many fires. I almost turned around as the drive up the McKenzie Valley was pretty smoky. But I got past that once into higher elevations, although the views were not as crisp as they would normally be.
I hustled up the 3.8 miles and 2800′ of elevation gain to the summit in exactly one hour and fifteen minutes. Not bad for an old fart. I did not have the dog a long, as this is now a bit much for him, especially since there was almost no shade.
But the real shocker was finding that Black Crater had been over 90% burned itself a few years back. I knew of the fire up there then, but didn’t know that it had totally engulfed this mountain. So it was a sunny hike up through endless dead trees, punctuated by fireweed, so called because its the first plant to appear widely after a fire.
This Mitsubishi is unfamiliar to most of us, as it was not imported to the US. This generation came out in 2005, and was a dismal failure in Japan, but sold fairly well in other export markets. In fact, Mitsubishi does not even sell their current Triton pickup in Japan.
The current generation is also sold as the Fiat Fullback as well as the Ram 1200. More of what we’re missing in the US, like the smaller FWD Ram 700.
Now that I’ve had my moment of homesickness and rambled on as usual, I shall wrap this up and remember fondly my memories of being in this area last. Hopefully again, before too long.