|At center is Glendale, left of center is the Verdugo Hills; right of center is Mt Lee, downtown LA thru the gap, and Hollywood Hills to the right. In the foreground is the beautiful San Fernando Valley.|
Sunday, December 3, 2017
In LA, November and December are the best months for night hikes. The clear, warm days are followed by early sunsets and cool evenings. One can get out for dark and still be home by 7pm. And there's Christmas lights. This night also offered a supermoon, bright enough to see by on the hike down. I only switched on my headlamp in the shadows.
Mission Point is the last big bump on the east end of the Santa Susana range that divides the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys but one can hike to this spot from either valley.
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Sunday, November 26, 2017
After my friend Nina's recent move to Albuquerque, I thought it was time for my first visit back to the area in 20 years. We hiked in the southernmost tip of the southern Rockies, the Sangre de Crostos, also the Sandias and in Petroglyph National Monument.
|It was just past peak color in the Sangre de Cristo range|
|On another hike to the Sandia Crest. That's Albuquerque in the background|
|Dinner in Old Town Albuquerque|
|On a hike in Petroglyph National Monument|
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I got an invite from the canyoneering group at one of our LA sites, and jumped at the chance to join them for a day in Big Tujunga Canyon.
The day offered three quick drops (25', 50', and 130') before bottoming out into Big Tujunga Cyn, then a short bushwack to where the trail crosses the canyon bed and returns to the highway above. Upper Big Tujunga Cyn is riddled with short, quick descents that can be done in a day.
At 130' the third descent was probably the longest rappel I've done to date. As Andy went over the brink he disappeared from sight. Once he was off the rope he blew his whistle to signal.
|Our off-trail route is highlighted|
|Sandra on 2nd rap, with a pool at the base|
|Andy on the 3rd rap - 130'|
|Everyone at the base of the 3rd rap|
|Ready to hike out|
|Hiking back to the road, looking back down into rugged Big Tujunga gorge|
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Friday, November 17, 2017
|Day 3, Admiring the view in Big Whitney Meadow|
|It's partly cloudy as we start out from 9800' Horseshoe Meadows Trailhead|
|Two hours out, after crossing Trail Pass, we get a bonus rainstorm, with hail|
|All's well that ends well. The rest of the trip was clear skies|
|Camp for first and second night|
|Day 2 we climbed 11000' Kern Peak for a tremendous view|
|Back in camp for sunset. That's Kern Peak behind.|
|Morning, Day 3, an uphill hike all day|
|Camp at the end of Day 3 was a dry camp below Siberian Pass. Few people come this way.|
|Day 4 - over Siberian Pass, we drop packs, make a camp, and hike into beautiful Miter Basin in Sequoia NP. Because it's off the beaten path, Miter Basin gets very little visitation|
|At Sky Blue Lake in Miter Basin|
|Looking up, LeConte Pk on the left, and one of those spires is Mt Corcoran|
|On Day 5 we hike over Army Pass into the Cottonwood Lakes Basin|
|Final sunrise on the trail|
|Last morning, packing up, but with smiles because the bear cans are empty of food|
|Midday finish back at Horseshoe Meadows|
|A good time was had by all|
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Saturday, July 29, 2017
The was my first trip to see my old friends Laura and Matt at their home near Houston, MN. It's the SE corner of the state, where MN borders Wisconsin and Iowa.
Of course there's great hiking in the area! I lost count of the hikes we did, and how many times I crossed the Mississippi River. The whole area is really pretty.
We also spent a day paddling on the Iowa River, where we had several bald eagle sightings, also some kingfishers, herons, all the regular stuff. Great fun.
|Overlooking the Mississippi River from Perrott State Park, WI|
|Look! A mountain that switched sides of the river!|
|Flowers everywhere. Bluffs overlooking the river rise 600 feet.|
|A timber rattler. This particular rock pile was filled with snakes.|
|On the Iowa River|
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Sunday, June 11, 2017
|It's drizzley and glum under that marine layer|
We met our friends from the Honda Hiking Club on the summit, who hiked came up from the LA side.
|Little Jimmy Spring is flowing just like it always is|
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|On the summit|
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