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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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Oct 052013
 

You can’t see it from this vantage point, but the glory of Mt. Baker in NW Washington is just around the corner.  And Mt. Shuksan is just behind and even closer.  But it’s fall now and the colors of fall become primary.  I love color.  I do virtually no black & white photography and never really have.  So, it’s fall and the colors are out!

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Jan 092012
 

Yep, it certainly was roaring… and boiling and crashing and raging.  It was incredible to see and be in the presence of such powerfully flowing water.  And, mind you, this is a creek!  I always think of a creek as small and gently flowing.  But, this is up at about 5000 feet in Kings Canyon National Park in the Sierras in June in one of the biggest water flows in years.  Anyway, I had the pleasure of hiking up along the roaring currents trail for 4 miles or so before the flow leveled off in Paradise Valley.  I usually like the quiet of the mountains, but on this hike, the creeks constant roar was my friend.  Can you hear it?

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