Historic Railroad Hiking Trail to Hoover Dam

When you think of Nevada you think of the Glitz and Glam of Las Vegas but Nevada offers so much more than just casinos and the night life within the casino walls. We traveled to Nevada on a Wednesday morning in February for a work trip. I have been wanting to do some of the hikes by Lake Mead but not during the summer when … Continue reading Historic Railroad Hiking Trail to Hoover Dam

10 Places to See on Highway 395 in 2 Days

Friday Night 1. Hogback Creek Our summer road trip focused on the 395 highway along the Eastern Sierra’s mountain range in the Inyo & Mono County. We found camp late Friday night at a primitive camp spot along Hogback Creek.   Nothing around us but the bright stars and the dark sky in the sierra’s.  We love to get as close as possible to our … Continue reading 10 Places to See on Highway 395 in 2 Days

Wolves and Deer and Bears, Oh My!

In 2020 the kids lost out in so much due to the COVID pandemic, especially in birthdays and summer vacations. 2021 was a little different. We had a lot of things open but with restrictions. School in our area had opened their doors and everyone was getting ready to go back to school live and in person. Everyone was excited for this development but it … Continue reading Wolves and Deer and Bears, Oh My!

Garnet Lake – 3 Day Backpacking Trip – July 22-24, 2021

This video showcases our three day backpacking trip to the back country in the Ansel Adams Wilderness. We spent 3 days and 2 nights in the most beautiful country. Our first day we hiked to Garnet Lake from Agnew Meadows via the Shadow Lake trail. It was about 8 miles with about 3000 elevation gain. It was hard and I was totally out of shape. … Continue reading Garnet Lake – 3 Day Backpacking Trip – July 22-24, 2021

Floating away in the Eastern Sierra Nevada 2017

The days are starting to heat up and we have that itch to get into the backcountry of the Western Sierra Nevada’s. Even though the snow has not melted at the lakes we want to get hiking to, it has melted enough to get to the lower levels. So far we have gotten to explore Convict Lake, the June Lake Loop, Tioga Lake, Twin Lakes, and Walker River. All the Lakes are full and the streams that were once slow moving are now raging rivers, the rivers are overflowing their banks and are flooding the valleys. Roads are getting washed out and trickling waterfalls have now taken over mountain sides. It is a sight like no other. The record snow fall is now the record snow melt.

The drive for us is about 5 hours to get Bishop. Some people can’t believe we would drive 5 hours for a weekend trip, but 5 hours isn’t that long when you can lose yourself for 2 days surrounded by the beauty of this area.

Since the back country has been under a little more snow than we like we have decided to hold off on our hiking trips until later into the season. Our last two trips have been exploring different parts of the area that are accessible via paved and dirt roads. We camped on the backside of Grant Lake in the June Lake loop and fished the lakes in the surrounding area. Please enjoy the pictures from our last two trips.
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Red Cliffs Recreation Area ~ Utah ~ Day 2

We did a quick road trip with the family to Utah from California on weekend. After a leaving Zion National Park a little disappointed due to the overcrowded areas we hit Red Cliffs Campground in the Red Cliffs Preserve. The hike on Red Reef Trail was amazing. The views were breathtaking and the trail was easy enough for all the kiddos. And the best part was it was away from the crowds of Zion. Click here to read about our hike with clickable locations. Continue reading Red Cliffs Recreation Area ~ Utah ~ Day 2

Emerald Pools ~ Utah ~ Day 1

Day 1 of our 2 day trip to Utah seemed to be a little bit of a fail for us. We got a late start which put us in the middle of the mass of people. It made the beauty of Zion not so beautiful as we fought for prime viewing spots with the hundreds of the people that were fighting for the same view. We are not used to planning our trips and going into Zion or any popular national park for that matter takes planning. You can’t just wing it if you want the most of your experience. You don’t have full access to the land like we are used too; there are shuttles, road closures, so many rules and masses of people trying to do the same thing you are. Continue reading Emerald Pools ~ Utah ~ Day 1

Bringing New Eyes to Painted Canyon

It feels great to get back out hiking again.  This last year has been full of surprises for me. I got a divorce, but in turn met the man of my dreams.  We bought a house together in a whole new city and combined our families.  We finally got settled into our new home after revamping it all ourselves.  It has also been a very … Continue reading Bringing New Eyes to Painted Canyon

Half of Castle Rock Trail, Big Bear ~ July 16, 2016

We headed up to Big Bear for a nice weekend away.  We came up Friday and drove past the trailhead of Castle Rock on our way to our hotel.  We had no plans for the weekend, we just figured we would play it by ear. We checked into our cute cottage of Cathy’s Cottages on the East side of town.  The cottage was comfortable and away … Continue reading Half of Castle Rock Trail, Big Bear ~ July 16, 2016