Lake Dorothy

Our annual hiking trip found us in the Inyo National Forest again.  This year we are hiking behind Convict Lake and backpacking to Lake Dorothy.  We headed out Wednesday night following along the very familiar 395 highway.  We got to Bishop early enough to check in to the Bishop 395 Inn and make a quick…

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….

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.

Bats, Dinosaurs, Wind and Morteros – Anza Borrego Desert State Park – April 2017

Exploring the mud caves at Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Click to read more…

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…

Ropes & Ladders @ Painted Canyon ~ October 2, 2016

Hiking the Ropes & Ladders @ Painted Canyon, Mecca Hills. Click to read more…

Box Springs Mountain via Two Tree’s Trail ~ August 13, 2016

Hiking Box Springs Mountain in the middle of August will not be a cool hike even early in the morning.. Click to Read More…

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…

Big Horn Mine & Vincent’s Cabin ~ July 9, 2016

I got up to the trailhead about 8am.  The parking lot wasn’t crowded yet but there was plenty of cars there starting off the morning early.  The trailhead houses a few different trails, the most popular is the portion of the PCT going to the summit of Mt Baden Powell that my brother and I…