It came after a sweltering two weeks of heat in the Sacramento Valley – Lush, respite, in the form of refreshing 85 degrees and breeze galore. I grabbed a friend and headed, once again, to get lost in Sierra Nevada somewhere. Pretty much picking a spot on the map, I wanted to get somewhere without … Continue reading Day hike to Round Lake at Big Meadows
A great day hike was exactly what I needed, especially after a few months without any mountains. My friend Erik suggested Bassi Falls, which is near Union Valley Reservoir in the Sierra Nevada range. We were hoping for massive amounts of runoff from our recent and history snowfall this past winter. We were pleasantly rewarded… … Continue reading Short hike to roaring Bassi Falls
I’ve been asked by several people and have given nearly the same response. How was your trip to Yosemite? Did you love it? Awkward pause… Not really, I’d respond in slight embarrassment, No, one of California’s most iconic landscapes didn’t inspire me all that much. In truth, it’s a hard answer to stomach. It’s a … Continue reading Gasp! I went to Yosemite and wasn’t blown away.
70 mile per hour winds have a tendency to change your plans. We’d planned it for months, three days in the backcountry, two friends from work, and we weren’t going to back down because of a squall, but, might as well be smart and enjoy it. Originally heading to the Ebbett’s Pass area, we instead … Continue reading Late start, looney winds, and lost – Backpacking at Carson-Iceberg Wilderness
What more is there to say this time around? Perhaps that I’m a little late to the game on the outdoor front this Summer. Perhaps that when my mind and body are tired, I reach for the outdoors. Perhaps the work of camping, the quench of nature, the sense of open air, the well-being of … Continue reading Camp, cozy camp
So, my sister gets married, and she does so in typical Eliason fashion: in the woods, on a mountain. Who would ever complain? Without divulging too many details, I will say this. Having a vacation wedding in a setting so familiar to our families was such a payoff. Although friends and family members alike to … Continue reading A wedding in the mountains, surrounded by ladybugs
“Hey, want to follow along in a car behind the AMGEN Tour of California peloton tomorrow?” My friend, Brandon texts me. “What time?!” Of course, I’m going to say yes. The next day I find myself in a VIP Experience car sailing along the riders themselves. Those being the racers in the AMGEN Tour of California, … Continue reading VIP Peloton Ride with AMGEN Tour of California? Sure!