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The French Alps–Part 2, Chamonix

The French Alps–Part 2, Chamonix

Leaving early from Annecy paid off and we arrived in Chamonix under partly cloudy skies. We weren’t able to check into our room yet so we dropped of our bags with the receptionist at Hotel Le Faucigny. From there, we headed straight to the Aiguille Du Midi gondola station. We bought the tickets (expensive, but … Continue reading

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

Labor Day Weekend 2011: Tacoma, WA

Labor Day Weekend 2011: Tacoma, WA

Since Labor Day is a holiday for workers, Shaun & I took advantage of it.  We took a few vacation days to give ourselves a 5-day weekend from work.  We flew up to Washington via SeaTac Airport and spent a nice, long, enjoyable and relaxing weekend in my hometown of Tacoma. Our flight was at 6:30am on … 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

Where did July go?

Where did July go?

Sheesh.  July is over.  And our sad little blog has sat unattended for a month.  I have some decent excuses: 2 summer online classes, projects at work becoming more intense (plus my annual performance review), baby sister visiting for 2 weeks, still getting settled into our house, plus the normal chores of cooking, cleaning, pet care, and down … 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