The hikers kept moving onwards, even though the hour was getting late. Luckily for Mike, Margaret's bright new Patagonia fuchsia parka was an ever-visible beacon. As they neared the top, strange patches of a white substance started to appear by the trailside. Mike's theory: the patches were merely industrial pollution, nothing to see here, move along.
Margaret's theory: snow. Yikes! She was right! Snow! On the slopes of Mt. Tam!
And once they arrived at the level ground of Laurel Dell the snow was omnipresent. Margaret borrowed Mike's iPhone to snap an earlier-constructed snowman. Then, the dash through the dimming light and the rain back to the trailhead.
Photos: Snowman, Laurel Dell─Marin County, 2011; Fuchsia Parka─Marin County, 2011