Meet Me Under the Kissing Tree

A rider approaches the Mt. Hamilton summit on Dec. 31, 2012. Happy New Year.

A rider approaches the Mt. Hamilton summit on Dec. 31, 2012. Happy New Year.


If you’re the sort of person who follows tradition and you’re looking for a kiss under the mistletoe, make your way to Mt. Hamilton where there’s an abundance of the parasite.

You’ll receive one, two, three kisses, all the smooching you could ever ask for under some trees.

There is some debate about whether or not mistletoe is good for the forest. NPR radio delves into the esoteric subject.

I think it depends on who you ask. The host may not think so, but the neighbors could see things differently — birds, insects, etc. It’s kind of like putting up your in-laws for an extended stay.

But I digress. Mt. Hamilton today had plenty of sunshine, but the temperature hovered around 38 degrees all day long. I decided to ride today rather than January 1, a tradition for some.

It will be a mad dash to the top for 10,000 chain links celebrating the occasion.

Mistletoe takes up residence in an oak tree on Mt. Hamilton. Unwanted guest or beneficial resident?

Mistletoe takes up residence in an oak tree on Mt. Hamilton. Unwanted guest or beneficial resident?

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