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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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Dec 182015
 

It’s nice being in the desert in winter.  Finally, there’s a chance to find some cloud cover as opposed to the constant blue skies you find most of the time.  And the temperature.  So pleasant.  On this morning, I headed out before sunrise and spent some time wandering around Papago park in Phoenix.  This stand of palm trees caught me eye and the mostly calm reflection in the lake provided a rich fullness to the serenity of the scene.

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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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Sep 172015
 

Wandering the neighborhoods of Seattle I happened upon the lovely Gas Works Park on the shore of Lake Union.  Such a beautiful place to while away the time and let the day turn to evening to night.  Directly across the lake lie the buildings of a clustered downtown.  I stood around for some time and let darkness creep in around me.  A peaceful evenings meditation.

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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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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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Jul 072014
 

I arose early to catch the early morning light.  Meandering down by the river, or lake, I fought my way down to an open spot right next to the water, set up the tripod and fired away.  Generally I don’t like getting up so early, but I sure do like the soft morning light.  And being February, the light was especially soft.

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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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Nov 202013
 

I brought my tent and pad and sleeping bag figuring I’d be spending the night outside.  After all, that’s what I do up in the Sierras, the mountains.  The great outdoors.  Well, I was so full from the day of both driving and exploring that I chose the easy way of a cheap motel in Bridgeport.  Call me soft, but I’m sure glad I did, too.  When I got up and left before dawn the next morning it was Cold!  I mean it was 15 degrees cold!  Stopping to photograph the emerging light was difficult on my frozen little fingers.  But, continue on I did.  I drove the 10 miles up to Twin Lakes to see the sights of fall.  Wow!

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Sep 232013
 

I love the eastern Sierra!  Any of the access roads into the mountains from Highway 395 lead to breathtaking beauty and adventurous hiking.  We chose the Little Lakes Valley to hike in this time as we didn’t really have the time for a multiday backcountry trip.  So, we went knowing we’d have only 2 nights.  On this day we hiked maybe 12 miles through this gorgeous valley, spotted with numerous lakes and streams with 13,000 foot peaks framing the trail.  Tired feet are well worth the effort.

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