First Hike of 2015!

First Hike of 2015!
Rattlesnake trail to the top of East Camino Cielo. 4,500 total elevation. A great start to the new year!     On the way back down the trail I had the good fortune of seeing a bobcat! At first I thought it was a rock in the trail but when it turned and looked at ...

Christmas on the Sespe! 2

Christmas on the Sespe!
December 24, 2014 The air was warm and the afternoon light ¬†exquisite as I left the Piedra Blanca Trailhead at 3:00pm on Christmas Eve. There were 6 cars in the parking lot. I met 4 people hiking out and passed one person camping at Bear Creek.   I stopped at Kerr springs to fill my ...

Boot-Notes 1

Boot-Notes
I made it back to my car, one of only 3 cars at the trailhead, but 4:00pm. I stopped along the road and watched the sun set while listening to the distant roar of the Kern 1,000 feet below me. My interesting trash for the trip was not that interesting….. 3 shoes (which I didn’t ...

Meandering 1

Meandering
November 9, 2014 It is a long night! At 6:00am I am more than ready to exit the tent but it is too COLD out to even consider the idea. I fall back asleep and dream of culturally competent trails. At first I have no idea why I am dreaming this, and then I remember ...

48 hours: Forks of the Kern 11/8/14-11/9/14 2

48 hours: Forks of the Kern 11/8/14-11/9/14
Saturday November 8, 2014 I’m sitting in front of a cozy fire on the banks of the Kern River in the Golden Trout Wilderness in Sequoia National Forest. It is 6:04 pm, completely dark as in dark, dark, dark ….way way dark. It has been dark for one hour….only 12 more hours until day light. ...