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As I mentioned in my previous post, Joshua Tree NP handles backcountry camping a bit different than many other areas. I found it to be user friendly. Basically you park at one of four approved overnight parking areas and complete a walk-up permit. The rules are simple. You need to be at least a mile […]
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This would be my first visit to Joshua Tree. It’s been on my list for past few years but as it was perfectly aligned as I headed toward wildflower heaven further south, how could I resist? I spent my first few hours driving the 50-mile loop to get a better idea of what the park […]
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Did I mention that this spring jaunt is all about chasing wildflowers? Well I didn’t expect finding any early season ones at Mojave National Preserve, it was just a place to hike while enroute to wildflower heaven. Well wasn’t I surprised as I entered the preserve to see the Bladder-Pod with bright yellow blooms. The […]
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I met a couple while hiking to Darwin Falls who recommended this hike. It wasn’t on my map nor was it in my extensive Death Valley hiking guide. Since I love ridges and viewpoints, I decided to check it out. Worse case, I’d go with a Plan B. There are two hiking viewpoints from this […]
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Although I was on a mission to find wildflowers, I’m always in need of distractions enroute as I don’t enjoy long distance driving. A diversion from Highway 395 to Death Valley was a logical choice. I stopped and hiked around a few overlook areas on my way to find a camping spot for the night. […]
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I had a one-day window between storms to try to safely make it south on 395. While the road was clear, the landscape was covered in plentiful snow. Have you ever seen a white Mono Lake basin? Even though the visitor center was closed, I couldn’t resist taking a few short walks to capture the […]
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With the government shutdown, Crater Lake closed it’s doors from December 23, 2018 through January 27, 2019. When they welcomed back visitors on the 28th, I wanted to be there to not only support our rangers but to experience the beauty under pristine conditions.  With a late start after four hours of traveling, I didn’t […]
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Welcome to 2019, Jan style! That’s right, I wanted to witness the first sunrise of the year, so good morning Mt Shasta!  Happy New Year Burney Mountain and Hatchet Ridge, home of the infamous wind turbines.  Cheers to another of my good friends, Lassen Peak.  Hike #1 – PCT, Cache 22 Trailhead It was a frigid […]
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Not only did I spend time this fall in Lassen Volcanic National Park (link), but I also found a few other favorite places in far Northern California to jaunt.  Hike #1 – Castle Lake Trailhead Castle Lake  Little Castle Lake  Mt Shasta Views  Castle Crags and Lassen Views (on a smoky day)  Hiking Date: October […]
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For those following my travels, it took a couple months to recover from surgery (link) and then it was time to get back on the horse. I was missing trails and outdoor time. Wildfire smoke had kept me indoors and away from my happy spot for far too long.  I was welcomed back in style.  […]
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