“How was your backpacking trip this weekend?” “I hated it.” No, seriously. I’m glad I did it, perfectly happy with the experience afterward, but a solo backpacking trip to Point Reyes revealed several interesting things to me – one of them being that I don’t like backpacking alone. I’m perfectly happy on the trail, but … Continue reading Dark corners of my mind – Solo Backpacking in Point Reyes
A cool-off was calling and Carmel answered. As Fourth of July loomed, I saw the forecast and got out of dodge just in time to enjoy brisk ocean breezes and temperatures. Not much of a post here, other than enjoying what Carmel-by-the-Sea had to offer; shops, restaurants, a quaint hotel, and easy access to HWY … Continue reading Lazy days in Carmel, CA
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