Desolation Wilderness Backpacking, September 2018

Desolation Wilderness Backpacking, September 2018

Backpacking in Desolation Wilderness to Aloha Lake, Heather Lake and Susie Lake. We originally planned on two nights out but I have been under the weather for several days and we decided to call it after one night. We also decided to take one of the more challenging trails to get to the back country with 2300 feet up in less than 2 miles right from the start.

Ice House Reservoir

Ice House Reservoir

Ice House Campground is surrounded by a mixed conifer forest on the shores of Ice House Reservoir. The campground offers hiking, biking, jet skiing and fishing. Ponderosa pine is a pleasing part of the surrounding region. The trees fill the air with a vanilla aroma and it's the tallest known pine tree in the country...

Lower Velma Lake

Lower Velma Lake

Desolation Wilderness has so many unique and interesting areas to explore. In this adventure, we backpacked out to the Velma Lakes and set-up camp at the lower lake. This is not an ideal trip for beginners because the elevation gain is quite challenging. For more advanced hikers, this is totally worth the trip…

San Francisco, May 2018

San Francisco, May 2018

Now that Izabella has been dropped off to the airport, Heather and I are going out and hitting up SF starting at "The View" which is a bar on the top of Marriott near Union Square. We have tried some new restaurants and were disappointed. We ended up at Epic as usual and walked the city and explored a little...  

monterey, may 2018

monterey, may 2018

Our triumphant return to Monterey and Big Sur. We spent the day along the coast and went down to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. This is the site of the world famous McWay Falls, which drops over a cliff of 80 feet into the Pacific Ocean. We then cam back up and spent some time in some local art galleries. We ended our day on the Cannery Row and indulged in some great dining...

Monterey, November 2017

Monterey, November 2017

This is the first time Heather has been to Monterey. We decided it is one of our potential living places as the coast line and hiking opportunities are right in-line with our style. We did some of the tourist stuff like the 17 Mile Drive, Lone Cypress, Pebble Beach and the Cannary Row. We also went out to Point Reyes National Seashore for some light hiking...

Yosemite, September 2016

Yosemite, September 2016

A quick get away to Yosemite in September. It was last minute but turned out to be a great adventure. We only came up to finish the hike to the top of Nevada Falls that we were unable to complete in our last trip because of ice and snow blocking the trail. We are hardcore but choose not enough to risk getting killed or injured just to finish a hike. So, we came in for an overnighter and crushed the trail the next morning and came home. Fun!