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.
My sister, Carmina, and brother-in-law, Paul, couldn’t have picked a better spot to get hitched than the mountains. Add on top of that a great cabin locale at Pinecrest Chalet that makes a scenic backdrop, as well as harkens to both our family histories (on Dad’s side at least). The other fun bit is they’re … Continue reading Planning an Eliason/Alexander Wedding
The town of Oakhurst finds itself along winding highways, buried in the foothills of California, about one and half hours southwest of Yosemite. The picturesque setting lends itself to many wandering eyes as one drives along scenic two-lane roads, which is tough for a solo driving photographer with an itchy trigger finger. All the same, … Continue reading Weekend in the hills, Oakhurst, CA
It began soggy, but luckily, didn’t end that way. A two hour’s drive towards the familiar place, though my concerns were real – we were to backpack for only a night at Point Reyes, but with a danger of wet clothes and freezing temperatures, there was a definite possibility of being unhappy, uncomfortable, or even … Continue reading The fog, wind, sun and frost – Point Reyes, CA
I’m uncomfortable with how comfortable the stillness is. Through an almost impossibly serene hike up to Hemlock Lake, the changing colors of foliage and mountain air with a tinge of Autumn, the atmosphere is still with anticipation and yet utter calm. Mother Nature herself waits for change and the quickly hushing forest is a clear … Continue reading Back to Hemlock Lake and the serenity that ensues
A little altitude does the body good. A trip to Mount Whitney, the single highest peak in the lower Unites States, comes up at the end of July. 6,000 feet of climbing in just over 20 miles to the 14,000 foot summit means I’ve got to get my lungs in shape. Running and hiking just won’t … Continue reading Altitude training at Mt. Tallac, Lake Tahoe
Ahh, back to PiPi Valley. That place I’ve gone to so much as a kid. Camping nowadays is no less rewarding. The stillness of the forest in afternoon, the creek’s whisper nearby at night. Crackling campfires, rising ember, a bit of whiskey, and the ultimate relaxation. Too bad I completely forgot the cooking set and … Continue reading Nightshots and camping at PiPi Valley, CA