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Joshua Tree NP – April 3-5, 2009

July 21st, 2011 by

We spent a weekend out in Joshua Tree for Ryan’s birthday in April 2009. While there, we checked out the Wall Street Mill, and then took a zaggy walk through the Wonderland of Rocks to Garrett’s Arch, purportedly the largest natural rock arch in the park. We also took a walk a bit more in the northwest area of the park. That evening we sat around at the rental house, had some food and drink, and played some games, and the following day we went out to the 49 Palms Oasis and I did that walk again.


old-tower
I think this is the only image I shot this trip that actually has a Joshua tree in it

Some walking through the park

Zion Trip, March 1-3, 2008

June 29th, 2009 by


arrival
Getting to the top of Observation Point

Glenn invited everybody up to Zion for his birthday from March 1-3, 2008. I drove up with Ryan, Danny and Erin, and we got ourselves to the cabins of the Zion Mountain Ranch, which is just outside of the park’s east entrance. They have buffalo there, which was really pretty cool.

We played games both that first night and the next night, and during the days most of us went and played outdoors a bit.

The Trip: Observation Point, Coral Pink Sand Dunes

Mineral King

January 16th, 2007 by

In late July of 2006 , I went with Ryan, Danny, Erin and Joe for an overnight backpack in Sequoia National Park’s Mineral King Valley. We started there, headed south over Farewell Gap, thus crossing into Sequoia National Forest, and arduously headed on to Bullfrog Lakes, where we spent the night. The two day total was 17 mi RT, with 3400′ of gain over both days (600′ of drop, so 2800′ climbing the first day). The starting elevation was 8000′, pretty much right on the money, and the elevation at the lakes was 10,700. Pretty out there. Also, marmots! Read more after the pictures.


marmot-scurries

pretty-field

a digression on the hike itself…with more pictures!

Valley Forge and Sequoia

August 15th, 2004 by

i’ve actually done a reasonable bit of being outdoors in the last few weeks

from the hikes.txt file:

07.31.2004 Valley Forge
Went with davidglasser to Valley Forge.
Meant to do a couple of mile out and back of the Horseshoe Trail
(which goes like 120 mile to the AT) but there was a sign saying the trail
was closed for regrowth, and we chose to respect that, and instead
went on the 1.2 mile long Valley Creek “Trail” which goes to this
wooden covered bridge dating back to 1865. Valley Forge has lots
of beautiful meadows and whatnot, but damn it was humid.
glasser and I had some good conversation.
So, including walk to and from car, ~2.5 miles,
no noticeable elevation gain.

08.07.2004 Tokopah Falls, Sequoia National Park
Hike 50 in the Sequoia/Kings Canyon region of “California Hiking”
Guidebook says 3.6 miles, signage says 1.7 miles one way, so let’s break
even and call it 3.5 miles, mmmmkay? 500′ elevation gain.
Really really nice little trail, going along the creek,
passing under beautiful trees and hitting many little
meadow areas. The last bit right before the falls
(which were only a trickle, but nice ones, when we went)
kind of has an old school Star Trek feel to it-
all rocky and desolate. Felt kind of staged.
Awesome little dayhike.
Went with ryan, danny, danny’s brother, his wife, glenn,
mark, chris, and another couple

08.08.2004 The Watchtower and Heather Lake, Sequoia National Park
8.2 or 9 mile hike, whether you believe the sign or the book.
~1900′ of elevation gain (7200 –> 9100). Starts at Wolverton
parking lot, and goes and goes, and you get up to the watchtower,
which is this giant stone edifice that I was too much of a wussy
to go on out to – the 1500 foot straight drop down intimidated me.
So I watch some of my group go out there. Then we continued on to
Heather Lake, a beautiful little alpine lake thing. Then the
others went on to the next lake (Emerald Lake) but I stayed
and waited at Heather Lake because I was having trouble with the elevations.
It was gorgeous up there. On the way down there was a stag in the trail.
Went with ryan, danny, chris, mark, glenn
Hike 47 under Sequoia in California Hiking.

08.15.2004 Fall Creek Trail
Did about 4.5 miles total, I would guess. This trail is barely listed,
But if you go up the Angeles Crest Highway, then turn on to the Angeles
Forest Highway, go for a few miles, and then park at Hidden Pines,
right after a tunnel, then go 500 feet up the road, the trailhead
is signed. Nominally 3 miles to the creek, but it was really hot
and boring, so we saw at about 2.25 miles that the creek was still
many hundreds of feet beneath us, and decided to turn back.
Goes on a sandy dirt path on a chaparral covered slope, with much
loose packed up and down. We saw a snake , too.
Me and rax.

Sequoia was freaking rad, despite the elevation being reasonably difficult for me. It was the first time I’ve ever been camping.
I need to go more. Word. All the rest of it was pretty cool too. I hope to go hiking each of the next two weekends before burningman, too. We shall see. Also, I’ve actually managed to go “running” (going slightly faster than a walk, around the block) for the last few days. This is something I keep picking up and then letting fall to the ground again, but every time I manage to do it for even a few days, I feel much the better for it.

Still very conflicted about the Isshinryu club out here – I love the style, and I want to keep practicing in it, but the sensei out here just has so little focus on detail and balance (mental and physical) that I just find it isn’t really giving me what I want or being very fulfilling. But every now and then he says some amazing things…I don’t know. Life is hard all around, eh?

Edited to add :

annabarr: Fall Creek Trail - August 15, 2004 &emdash; fall-creek-gorge
View down into Fall Creek Gorge, into which we did not make it

annabarr: heather lake &emdash; IMG_3374
In Sequoia. There are people in this image on that rock that you basically cannot see.

annabarr: Philly &emdash; horseshoeglasser
At Valley Forge, we took the shorter trail

April 9th, 2004 by

last weekend i went skiing (up in tahoe) for what is the the second time ever. the first being when i was 12.

i took a lesson. it was great. then i took some green slopes (this was at heavenly) and fell most times, but didn’t die that much.

we went to kirkwood the next day, and i hit every green there and didn’t fall on any of them.

i am winn0r, hear me roar!

things learned:

if you feel like you are going too fast, you probably are.

no, really, don’t look down at your feet.

Edited to add:


annabarr: Tahoe Ski Trip - April 2-4, 2004 &emdash; lounging
Getting ready at Heavenly parking lot

annabarr: Tahoe Ski Trip - April 2-4, 2004 &emdash; cabin
cabin

annabarr: Tahoe Ski Trip - April 2-4, 2004 &emdash; picture-perfect
Nice day at Kirkwood