Thorn Point Dash: September 26 & 27 2015 1

Thorn Point Dash: September 26 & 27 2015
Two years ago I stumbled on a website that described a hike to an out of service fire lookout  in the Sespe Wilderness. Further research revealed a blog article, The Lady from Thorn Point, http://davidstillman.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-lady-from-thorn-point.html and I was beyond enthralled and knew that I would eventually stand on the steps of this fire lookout. (this article describes the ...

Lake Italy, Bear Basin July 1-6 2015 2

Lake Italy, Bear Basin July 1-6 2015
Wednesday July 1, 2015 Sea level to 7,470 feet Santa Barbara to Portal Forbay Campground 332 miles.  The familiar sweet fresh smell of pines and recent rain lets me know that I am home in my beloved Sierra! (no S at the end when plural.)  I am both  soothed and excited. I arrived at Shaver ...

Eastern Sierra Birthday 1

Eastern Sierra Birthday
April 10, 2015 For my birthday I headed up to Lone Pine for a weekend of car camping and day hiking. This post is word thin and image heavy! I left SB at 6:30 Thursday evening and arrived at Lone Pine Campground at 11:00pm. I watched the sun rise over Owens Valley and had coffee with ...

Mission Pine Springs March 13-15 2015 4

Mission Pine Springs March 13-15 2015
March 13, 2015 There is a barely visible dirt track leading up to a flat spot Julie and I always referred to as The Plateau THE PLATEAU.  Back in our VW days we saw a well loved VW bus camping in this stellar spot. I immediately named it The Plateau THE PLATEAU and promised myself ...

Lost Valley February 21 & 22 2015

Lost Valley February 21 & 22 2015
What could be better than a quick overnight trip into the San Rafael Wilderness on an uncharted trail to boot..with plenty of wildflowers and sunshine. This post is image heavy and word thin.  After exploring Lost Valley I hiked back down and found a flat spot close to the river, actually more of a small ...