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Eagle Rock Loop, Topanga State Park – May 2, 2010

March 25th, 2012 by

On a really quite beautiful day, Nathan and I decided that we wanted to go for a hike, but nothing too absurdly ridiculous. After consulting Afoot and Afield, we decided to go try this 6.5 mile figure-eight loop of a hike in Topanga State Park. This covers about 1200′ of gain total, and cuts through many different ecosystems. Wooha! Onwards.

The Eagle Rock

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Snowshoeing Mt. Baden-Powell – March 20, 2010

March 7th, 2012 by

In brief, Joe called me up, and said “let’s go snowshoeing!”. I agreed, and we headed up to Mt. Baden-Powell. And then as the song says, we “marched right up to the top of that hill”, but then, we glissaded down again. This was my first experience with glissade, and I loved it. Loved. It. Amazing. Would do again.

annabarr: Mt Baden-Powell - March 20, 2010 &emdash; well-traveled
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Walking up the hill

Sentinel Dome and rest of Yosemite Trip – September 15, 18-19, 2009

March 4th, 2012 by

When I initially drove into the park, I first had to drive past the very recent aftermath of the Big Meadow Fire, after which I got to the Valley, and went and set up at a campsite. The next morning I got up, and after seeing the beautiful mist-shrouded Valley, I set off on my backpack, detailed in my previous post. After getting back, I mostly spent an evening dithering around the Valley, playing in the river, reading, having a drink, writing some postcards, and generally relaxing and putting myself together. After a very frightening nocturnal mammal visit, I had a great night’s sleep.

The next day, I picked up Jeff, and we drove up towards Glacier Point to meet up with Andy and Sara, and their toddler son Alex. We then went and hiked the short trail to Sentinel Dome, which is about 2.2 miles RT, and maybe 450′ of gain from the car. So, not a terrible hike, and with some really spectacular 360′ view from the top. Upon getting back down, all of us proceeded go our separate ways to get ready for the wedding that afternoon. The wedding was absolutely beautiful, taking place on the lawn behind the Ahwahnee Hotel, with all the glory of Yosemite’s walls rising around us. Eventually, the wedding wound into dinner turned into the party and eventually I turned into a pumpkin, heading off to get another night of sleep before heading off to drive home very early the next morning.

Valley view, in the late afternoon.

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