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Tahoe: An Un-Wintery Weekend

Tahoe: An Un-Wintery Weekend

For Shaun’s 26th birthday, I bought my first Living Social deal: a weekend getaway in South Lake Tahoe.  I had never been to Tahoe and figured that we could enjoy a nice weekend in a winter wonderland at some point in November or December.  Well, November & December came and went – with no snow in the mountains. After not taking any time … Continue reading

Leaf Peepers

Leaf Peepers

Leaf peeping is an informal term, commonly used in the United States, for people who travel to view and photograph the fall foliage in areas where foliage changes colors (Wikipedia) For the last 2 years in a row, Shaun, Rosco & I have taken late-season camping trips to the Eastern Sierras via Highway 108.  Nearly … Continue reading

2011-07-16: Burgson Lake Backpacking Trip Report

2011-07-16: Burgson Lake Backpacking Trip Report

Location: Burgson Lake in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness of Stanislaus National Forest off HWY 108 (Clark Fork Rd to Fence Creek Rd to Wheat’s Meadow Trailhead). Dates Hiked:  July 16-17, 2011 Trails Hiked:  Wheat’s Meadow Trailhead to Burgson Lake Total Distance: Roundtrip about 7.5 miles Difficulty: Moderate Other Rules/Info: Wilderness permit required for all overnight trips in Carson-Iceberg Wilderness. Dogs on leash / … Continue reading

2011-06-25 Pinecrest & Catfish Lakes Day Hike

2011-06-25 Pinecrest & Catfish Lakes Day Hike

Location: Pinecrest Lake and Catfish Lake in Pinecrest, CA off Highway 108 in Stanislaus National Forest. Dates Hiked:  June 25, 2011 Trails Hiked:  Pinecrest Lake National Recreational Trail loop and Catfish Lake trail. Total Distance: Roundtrip was about 6 miles. Difficulty: Easy/Moderate Conditions: Sunny, in the 70-80s. Other Rules/Info: Dogs are not allowed in the day use area!  But they are allowed … Continue reading

2010-07-23: Y Meadow Lake Backpacking Trip Report

2010-07-23: Y Meadow Lake Backpacking Trip Report

Location: Powell Lake (night 1) & Y Meadow Lake (night 2) in the Emigrant Wilderness of Stanislaus National Forest, off Highway 108 near Pinecrest Lake, CA. Dates Hiked:  July 23 – 25, 2010 Trails Hiked:  Gianelli Trailhead Total Distance: Trailhead to Powell Lake: 2.3 miles. Powell Lake to Y Meadow Lake: 4.3 miles. Roundtrip: about 13 miles. Difficulty: Easy/Moderate Conditions: Hot … Continue reading

June 2010: Clark Fork Camping Trip

June 2010: Clark Fork Camping Trip

My first camping trip of 2010 was planned for early June.  Shaun aimed us towards Clark Fork off of CA Highway 108 in the Stanislaus National Forest: a family favorite for car camping.  We got off work on Friday, picked up the pup, and headed out for the weekend.  We got to the campground at dusk, set up camp and … Continue reading

March 2010: Yosemite Day Trip

March 2010: Yosemite Day Trip

Words cannot describe the beauty of Yosemite National Park.  I spent nearly 3 years living in central California and never once traveled the short distance (less than 100 miles) to one of the most well known parks in the United States.  If you have the opportunity to go, GO! Shaun took me to my first Yosemite … Continue reading