Purple Mountain’s Majesty

I’ve found it! After years of wonder I have found the purple mountain, and it’s in Clear Lake, California. (I’d say it was somewhere else but I can’t even figure out what “purple mountain majesties” is supposed to mean!)

Here, take a look:

There it is! Dead center in the hazy distance...

There it is! Dead center in the hazy distance...

I was staying at a friend’s lake house in Clear Lake last May. It was a beautiful place not even a mile northeast of Konocti Harbor Resort. We were all hanging out on the deck when we looked directly across the lake and saw this odd purple mountain … within a mountain … thing. We couldn’t figure it out and even went so far as looking through a telescope to get a better idea. I would have driven there but the lake was so big it probably would have taken a day out of the trip to get around and back, so we just stared at it sporadically throughout the weekend with glorious wonder. Eventually I spoke to a local about it and he said the earth over there is just “like that.” Great. That really says a lot for me. But at least someone else was aware of it and we weren’t simply hallucinating before the majestic Clear Lake. Regardless of the story behind this colorful anomaly, it was quite a beautiful site to monitor throughout the day, especially with the peacefulness of Clear Lake all around us.

Google Maps' aerial view of what I believe to be the purple mountain/pile of majestic dirt that we'd been staring at.

Google Maps' aerial view of what I believe to be the purple mountain/pile of majestic dirt that we'd been staring at. Feel free to comment with a plausible explanation...