Posts tagged yosemite

Posted 1 year ago


Roadtrip for the weekend.

Yosemite, 2013.


Posted 1 year ago


Tenaya Lake Sunset (Yosemite National Park, California) by Jeffrey Sullivan.

Yosemite reblog for Lesley. Also Tenaya is gorgeous. 

(Source: oecologia)

Posted 1 year ago


The cutest story you will read all week. A great story from our friends at Yosemite National Park. And we are happy to report that the sticks will soon be returned to their home.

Photo: National Park Service

Apparently it’s National Park day on my tumblr. This is so cute. 

Posted 1 year ago



Anna I wanted you to see these because I JUST finally put them on Facebook and I know you won’t see them there! Except these ones for the most part aren’t edited, so they look a little better than they do here.

GOD you guys are gorgeous!!

YAAAAAAY! Oh my goodness - I’m so happy you finally put these up. I love the one with you in front of the big tree tunnel. That Andy and I barely fit in…

Posted 2 years ago
Coffee, too, has its marvels in the camp kitchen…A low complacent grunt follows a mouthful drawn in with a gurgle, and the remark cast for aimlessly, “That’s good coffee.” Then another gurgling sip and repetition of the judgement, “Yes, sir, that is good coffee.”
John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra
Posted 2 years ago

The Tahoe Rim Trail/Yosemite National Park Adventure

"No words will ever describe the exquisite beauty and charm of this mountain park - Nature’s landscape garden at once tenderly beautiful and sublime. No wonder it draws nature-lovers from all over the world." —John Muir

Installment 9: The ‘Mite, gas station concerts, and John Muir is the most positive person that ever kept a diary. 

The next morning, after an early breakfast (again, at a discount!) we left South Lake Tahoe and drove over Daggett Pass into Nevada, dropping thousands of feet in minutes. We could see where we’d hiked the day before into Kingsbury on the way out of town and I couldn’t stop exclaiming, “We were SO high up!” It’s really incredible how high the TRT is, and once we were in the valley looking up at the Carson Range, it was hard to imagine that there was a huge lake on the other side of those arid mountains. 

We zoomed along 395, crossing into California at the price of having the Rainier cherries we bought in Tahoe confiscated - “Yeah, see here, they were grown in Yakima, WA so we can’t let them in the state…” Andy was crushed and angry, “I bet they just eat all the fruit they take from people. I hope they get the runs.”

Drive drive drive. We stopped at one tiny town for coffee in an old Victorian house. Every room served a different purpose. You ordered in one and they made it, while the pastries and seating were in another. Merch was in another room, and the bathroom was just down the hall. Soon after coffee, we passed Mono Lake, which was stunning, and got to Lee Vining, where we turned onto 120 and drove 12 miles into Tuolomne Meadows. This was stunning, if slightly terrifying, since the road lacked a guardrail and it was impossible not to let your gaze drift off to the mountains.

I’m reading My Last Summer in the Sierra by John Muir, which is the most positive book I’ve ever read - it’s basically his diary while he was shepherding one summer, and every day he says something new and amazing about the meadows. Driving into Tuolomne, I could understand his awe - even with a road going through the park, Yosemite is wild, silent, and indifferent to the people swarming all over it; the park with sustain and still be standing after we are long gone. 

My reunion with Lesley was loud and huggy, fortunately her co-workers and customers didn’t seem to care. But she had to finish her shift, which ended at 6PM. We got there at 4 and thought we’d try climbing Lembert Dome, which was only 2 miles up, but heard thunder just as we got started and figured it’d be better to not get stuck on a granite dome in a thunderstorm, so we came back to her place and read for a while. 

When Lesley got off work, we headed back out of the park to the Mobil station at the junction of 395 and 120 for dinner and a concert. One of Lesley’s friend’s was particularly excited for the band - Dead Winter Carpenters, with good reason, they played Americana bluegrass and funk with a few “whiskey-drinkin’ songs” mixed in. The Mobil had a nice green lawn, perfect for dancing, and we jammed until dark. After the show, Lesley took us to some hot springs near Mammoth, and we came home around 12 30P. 

The next morning we had a slow tour of the park, starting from Tuolomne and driving to the valley, stopping to see Tenaya Lake, Half Dome from Olmstead Point, and Tunnel View - “the” view of the valley. We had lunch in the valley with a friend of Lesley’s, and on the way back up to Tuolomne we went into the Giant Sequoia Grove. When we got back, the employees were having family dinner, which we joined, and then had a big fire for a few hours. Two climbing bums crashed on Lesley’s floor, so there were five people in Lesley’s tiny little tent that night.

We had to leave the next day, but not before we did a little off-trail hiking to a high point across from the store where we could see all the meadows and mountains on the south side of 120. We lounged in the sun until 2, then finally hit the road around 3P.

Driving out of Yosemite was sad - being there had made me miss working in the North Cascades and the community that is established between people when they live and work in close quarters. But I was happy I’d gotten to see Lesley, and appreciated being able to experience a place like Yosemite with an employee of the park. We had one more stop before the end of our road trip, Lassen Volcanic Monument. 

Posted 2 years ago

The Tahoe Rim Trail/Yosemite National Park Adventure

Installment 2: East side of Lake Tahoe/”There’s very little water on this part…”

These photos are from the first three days of hiking. The TRT is normally done clockwise, but we were hiking counter-clockwise. Almost everyone we encountered on the trail seemed surprised by this, but with one glaring exception, it was a perfectly pleasant way to hike the lake.

We scheduled our first day short - only 9 miles into Marlette campground, but we were also coming from sea level to about 7 000 feet and were hoping to have that day to acclimate. During lunch the first day, we saw an enormous plume of smoke, which we called in (cell phones did work on this part of the trail and Andy had his with him). The fire department already knew about it, and said we were fine to continue to our campsite.

The site was cush - pit toilets, bear boxes, footprints for the tent and well water. We got there and relaxed, but during the hike we’d noticed how little water was on the trail, so we looked at the map and re-evaluated our campsites for the next five days. We had figured mileages to junctions on the map, but realized these junctions barely ever coincided with water sources, so there was some adjusting to do. 

After relaxing at the campground for most of the afternoon, Andy and I went up to Marlette Peak, about a half mile to the lookout, to watch the sunset over Marlette Lake and Lake Tahoe to the southwest and the Carson Range to the east. The plume of smoke that had been so huge at lunch was completely gone, and sunset was gorgeous. Several people came into camp as we were eating dinner and having a little whiskey and coffee, and we chatted with them, but went to sleep fairly early, since we had 14 miles to cover the next day. 

Day 2 started with a gorgeous morning and an amazing little cloud cover over Lake Tahoe, visible in the second photo. We were heading for Mt. Rose Campground and Ophir Creek, thinking we were doing about 8.5 miles to creek, but map and book were unclear on mileage after the creek. Every signpost for about a mile and a half claimed that Marlette campground was 9.5 miles from Ophir Creek. Mt. Rose campground was $17 a night, so we pressed on to Snow Pond, which ended up tacking an extra 3.1 miles onto a 14.5 mile day 2. Snow Pond was lovely, and we were the only ones there, but since it was near a jeep road, had some company late at night. The troubled youth of Carson City?

Day 3 was a big push in the AM up to Relay Peak, the highest point on the trail. The actual peak is at 10 335’, but I think that we were just below that. We met an older, possibly Scandinavian couple on the way up. They lived in Incline Village and were just doing a day hike to Relay Peak, and were able to point out many of the peaks we could see, as well as Northstar Ski Resort, Donner Lake, Freel Peak and Mt. Tallac, two big peaks at the south end of the lake we’d been recommended to summit if we had time. From Relay Peak we headed down down down to Gray Lake, our only source of water for Day 3, where we washed clothes and selves and had a big long break, then headed to Martis Peak Lookout and our camping spot for Fourth of July fireworks. 

  • Day 1 - 9 mi
  • Day 2 - 17.6 mi
  • Day 3 - 13.7 mi

Total mileage by end of day 3: 40.3 miles

Posted 2 years ago

The Tahoe Rim Trail/Yosemite National Park Adventure

I have over 150 photos from the past two weeks that I’ve been in the wilderness of California and Nevada. And that’s after some pruning, as well as conservative photo taking during the 10-day, 165 mile hike that myself and a friend from high school completed as of July 11th. However, even with being somewhat stingy with photos, I still have way too many to pick 8 of the best for tumblr, so over the next week or so, I’ll be posting photos of the sections of our hike. 

Installment 1: Highlights 

The above photoset includes some of my best photos from the most picturesque parts of the adventure. They are not in order; this set is for gorgeousness and accomplishment - the photos including me and Andy are at the highest point on the trail, 10,000ft plus, and on the 4th of July, respectively.