Snowshoeing in Mammoth

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…

Surreal Moonlight

One of my favorite things about the Owens Valley is how many stars you can see. Since it was nearly full moon the stars weren’t as visible, however it made for some fun messing around with long exposure shots. Can look like daytime but with stars.

Fall Colors in the Sierras

Took a quick weekend trip up to the Sierras to take in the beautiful fall colors. I love the surprise and fleeting nature of fall. As I stopped by each of my favorite places, some leaves hadn’t changed, others had already lost their leaves and some were in full vibrant color changing mode. Many yellows,…

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…

Buttermilks

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…

Sierras at Night

It was freezing but heartwarming to be back home for the holidays. Here’s one shot from 5 min up the road.

Emigrant Wilderness

Recapping on a kick-butt 4th of July hike with my friend Sarah. Thanks to her suggestion, I avoided binge drinking and getting sunburnt, left the city and headed for the wilderness. We drove up to Kennedy Meadows and backpacked into the mountains. The second half of the trek was off trail but we  had a…

Home Sweet Home

I traveled back home in late March. The valley is so beautiful, it’s not until I left that I gained the hindsight to understand how rare that is. I’ll be updating this album, here are some samples.