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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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Nov 242015
 

One of the most enjoyable things about hunting for wild mushrooms is the sheer satisfaction of walking around, somewhat aimlessly, in the fall forest.  I’ve never been lost, but I’ve managed to wander so far off the trail that I’m not sure where I’ll wind up.  Chanterelle hunting is my favorite, but you never know what waits down below in the moist rich humus of the Earth in the fall.

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Jul 182015
 

Mid summer.  That time of year when the high elevations in the mountains start opening up with many snowless trails.  I can smell the pines now.  Feel the quiet.  Alas, I’ll have to wait another year to get up there.  A little tick bite has curtailed my hiking and exploration life.  Rae lakes in Kings Canyon, high in the Sierra, is always a wonderful destination.  Here, Jo Anne is doing her best impression of high a wire artist to cross the creek as we head out.  One of the lakes and the peak of Painted Lady make for an enticing reminder to come back again.

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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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Jun 192014
 

Can you smell the pine tree scent?  Hear the quiet?  I can.  It’s so peaceful and relaxing here.  The trail isn’t even that steep.  Depending on how far you want to go it’s a relaxing day hike or the start of an adventurous mountain back pack.  It’s on the Kings Canyon National Park Rae lakes loop trail at the end of the road.  I hiked for a few hours, went past the infamous mist falls, then up to Paradise Valley, turned around after a relaxing lunch, and went back.  A nice day hike indeed.  Very few other people, following a raging, swollen river much of the way.  So beautiful!

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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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Jan 082014
 

Wow!  What an adventure this was.  We started out at the remote St. Catherine’s monastery.  After settling into our preferred mode of transport to the top, we set off.  Personally, I chose to hike up.  I would be more free to take photos and if it was good enough for Moses….  The camels could go about 3/4 of the way up and then everyone had to hike.  We arrived at the summit in time for some singing and prayer before watching the sun go down.  The hike back down was incredible in the intense silence and dark, with one of the clearest and brightest skies I’ve ever seen.  Without a flashlight we had to be a bit careful, but the stars lit up our path just enough.

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