We had a chilly sunshine weekend up in Mammoth Lakes. While friends warmed up their skiing legs at the resort, a few of us opted for snowshoeing to the Minaret Vista lookout. The trail starts at the Main Lodge and continues to the Reds Meadow Valley. We passed the toll station to Red’s Meadow and…
The California wildfires have traumatized much of the state. We decided to take a quick weekend getaway to Big Sur, which surprisingly was also affected by the smoke. It was still a beautiful escape.
Mount Tyndall + Shepard Pass
3 day, 2 night backpacking trip up in the Sierras during a cold spell in late September. We started in Onion Valley outside of Independence after a comfy night’s sleep at the Mt Williamson Motel. I knew it would be a lot of climbing– 6,000ft elevation gain the first day! I had never tackled that…
Chilly October sunrise. Peaceful meditation. Just kidding, I was scrambling all over to try and capture the layers of atmosphere and changing colors of the Eastern Sierras before the sun was too bright. But now it makes me feel calm to look at these. I was born and raised in the Owens Valley– the Buttermilks was…
John Muir Trail (Last 100 Miles)
Last August we ventured out to hike the John Muir Trail, 220 miles through the Eastern Sierras crossing from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney. We encountered many unexpected obstacles, including a bear encounter the first night (she came back 3 times), threat of the plague and wild fires. The Rough Fire became the biggest threat and…
Owens Valley and Sierra Fishing
Following the father/daughter trip to Vietnam and Cambodia, my dad and I spent a week the following summer fishing in the Owens Valley and Sierras. Even though I was born and raised there, I still had not explored nearly enough of the area. There are unlimited “secret” getaways that the mountains and valley have to offer, but it…
John Muir Trail
Six friends. 170 miles. Charged a bear. Avoided the plague. Pushed physical limitations. Experienced my first blister within a blister. Saw some of the most gorgeous wilderness in the world. We set out to tackle 220 miles of the John Muir Trail, which was unfortunately cut short due to the Rough Fire. Thank you Sarah for…
While California is experiencing a terrible draught, we took an off-roading and camping adventure to the heart of the desert in Anza Borrego.
Edge of The World
Big Sur 2014
Also will add a few gems from the trip back home in May for the Mule Days parade.