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Jun 282017
 

There was a lot of snow in the Sierra this winter.  Yet, still it’s time to really start thinking about hiking the high country.  So many trips to chose from where splendor awaits.  Here, we’re starting the hike out of Rae Lakes, a beauty of a spot in the Eastern Sierra within the boundary of Kings Canyon National Park.  Coming in from the east will take you over a couple of high passes in the 11,000 foot range.  Make sure to bring plenty of water.

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Nov 072016
 

What a great time of the year and what a pristine place to view some of the remaining color that fall so humbly bestows upon us.  It’s a real treat to be able to wander along the roads of the eastern Sierra for just one purpose; observing the beauty of nature’s change of season.  The bright and alive green of summer slowly starts to change and before long becomes a vibrant, intense explosion of yellows and gold’s with just a touch of everlasting green, adding just the right amount of contrast to the road less traveled.  There were not many people traversing this patch of roadway on this day.  That’s just fine with me.  It makes this little stretch of heaven just that much more inviting.

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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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Jan 232016
 

There was no snow upon arrival at South Lake Tahoe.  24 hours later there was a foot of new powder.  That’s life in the mountains.  What a wonderful time to be there in all its winter glory.  After coming back down from the Heavenly ski slopes I had a chance to wander around a bit.

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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?

sierra-mountains-road

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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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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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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.

sierra-black-eyed-susans

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