How to See the BEST of Death Valley in 2 Days

Friday Night 2022 is the year of road trips for us.  We started the year with a weekend Road Trip to Death Valley. We both work over 40 hours a week so most over our trips are only 2 days but we cram as much as we can in those two day. This blog will show you how we did Death Valley in 2 days. … Continue reading How to See the BEST of Death Valley in 2 Days

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

Zion, Utah ~Youth Deer Hunt ~ 2021 Season

October 13, 2021 The youth program in Utah is amazing. Alyssa has been drawn 3 years in a row for Utah. She got drawn for the Zion unit again. We decided to do the early hunt this year which starts on October 13th. The area is really popular with hunters but with the early hunt it is a little less crowded the only problem with … Continue reading Zion, Utah ~Youth Deer Hunt ~ 2021 Season

California x9b Deer Hunt – 2021 Season

September 18th 2021 Don got drawn this year for one of California’s special draws for deer. This was one of the hunts I had been drawn for last year. Last year we almost didn’t make the hunt. All of California’s National forests had closed due to the fires that were burning in the San Bernardino, Los Angeles and the Sierra National Forest. Because of these … Continue reading California x9b Deer Hunt – 2021 Season

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!

Our Wedding

This doesn’t have to do with hiking but a love story of us. We got married May 8, 2021 on a friends ranch in Warner Springs, Ca. In front of our friends and family we vowed to love each other for the rest of our days. Please enjoy our wedding video and getting to know us a little better. Continue reading Our Wedding

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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Tahquitz Peak via South Ridge Trail- San Jacinto Mountains ~ May 15, 2016

The view from Tahquitz Peak in the San Jacinto Mountains was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! The day started off cloudy while driving up the 74 to the small mountain town of Idyllwild, but as we got closer to the ranger station the clouds started to disappear and the sun began to shine through. The ranger station was just off the highway but wasn’t open yet.  They had a small station outside that allowed you … Continue reading Tahquitz Peak via South Ridge Trail- San Jacinto Mountains ~ May 15, 2016