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Backpackping in the Sierras

Sep 262016
 

Hiking in the Sierra mountains is certainly a bucket list kind of experience.  I feel fortunate to live only a half days car ride away.  In the middle of a 5 day backpacking adventure we camped at Garnet Lake.  It’s not too difficult to get here and can be done as a day hike for those without the time to spend.  But to meander in the mountains, taking the time to explore and really appreciate this incredible environment, is what it’s all about.  Here, I arose before light, got bundled up, grabbed my equipment and went off down the slope to the lake.  What a treat to watch the dawning light waking up the mountain from its nighttime hiding.

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Jul 232016
 

There’s nothing like hiking with a full backpack on, coming into your destination spot for the evening.  After a full day on the trail, the feet are tired, the shoulders are tired, the legs are tired.  But the day has always been great.  The spectacular untouched vistas of the high Sierra in eastern California are second to none.  It’s such a pleasure to be there, hiking along well maintained but rugged trails, the air pristine at 10,000 feet.  What a treat!  Here, we’re coming into Lake of the Lone Indian in the central Sierra.

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Jun 282016
 

It’s summer.  Time for backpacking the high country, wherever that is for you.  For me, that almost always means the mighty high Sierra that runs along the eastern border of California.  For those who’ve never been, it’s so hard to describe the beauty, ruggedness and majesty that lives in those mountains.  Here, we’re approaching the Rae Lakes basin on the eastern side of Kings Canyon National Park, looking down from the almost 12,000 foot Glenn Pass.  An amazing stretch of country and the Rae Lakes area is one great place to make camp and explore.

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Jan 092016
 

It’s a new year.  The road is clear but there’s a bend we can’t see beyond.  How do we navigate the road ahead that is already moving swiftly?  Where are we going?  Where do we want to wind up?  So many questions.  I can see some of the general landscape in the distance but the details are unknown and just a bit mysterious.  It’s up to me to drive my life forward.  Where am I going?  Where are you going?

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Oct 272015
 

It was quite cold on this morning.  But, towards the end of October at over 7000 feet and just past dawn, I couldn’t expect anything different.  What an exciting time to be awake and out in nature.  I saw one other person at the lake and, of course, he too was out capturing images of the rising sun on the mountain peaks above the amazingly calm waters of the lake.  It’s a great time to be in the mountains.

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Aug 112015
 

If you look hard you’ll see two fishermen trying their luck in the creek.  This is such an idyllic place.  High in the mountains at over 10,000 feet it has everything.  Numerous lakes.  And with the fisherpeople we saw, there must be plenty of fish.  Mountain peaks a plenty, seemingly close enough to touch.  Trails that are easy to hike on and not too steep.  And maybe best of all, the freshness of the mountain air.  Rugged, expansive, easily accessible.  Summer in the Sierras.  Nothing could be finer.

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Jun 302015
 

Traveling along lonely country roads is an enchanting pastime and one I thoroughly enjoy.  After some days of hiking and camping high in the Sierra, I took a few hours to slowly decompress, to get used to sitting and lighten the blow of acclimating to full blown civilization.  Not sure where this field is.  Somewhere off highway 395 along the eastern side of the central Sierras.  It’s such incredible country.  I know there are many places in the world filled with beauty and wonder.  This area is one of my favorites.

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Sep 182014
 

Hard to beat hiking at 10,000 feet, high in the Sierra Nevada mountains.  You never know what mother nature will provide for conditions to behold.  I miss going up this year, but for health reasons I’m taking a year off.  I’m sure I’ll be up again next season.  Here, we were heading back down the trail when I was floored by what lay ahead.  The whole scene, bathed in the softest of light, was nectar for the soul.

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Aug 072014
 

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to get up into the mountains this year, but at least I can fantasize and remember great spots.  Peter Pande lake, high in the Sierras is one such place.  We went a bit out of our way to get here and spent just 2 nights, but oh what a place it is.  Quiet and peaceful, even in mid summer, we ran into only one other person.  Truly a gorgeous place.

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May 052014
 

I don’t remember exactly which lake this is, but it doesn’t really matter.  It’s high in the Sierra mountains and that’s all that really matters.  There’s no where you can go that’s not incredibly beautiful.  Actually this is a fairly easy hike along the Little Lakes Valley trail in the eastern Sierra, turning off Highway 395 at Tom’s Place.  We took the 6 hour drive on my birthday weekend and simply relished being in the mountains.  There were plenty of cars in the parking lot but the trail is long enough so that we didn’t run into too many others.  With plenty of lakes along the way, it all runs gently along at 10,000 feet plus.  Gorgeous!

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