Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Lower Emigrant Hike

Last week adventure pal P and I hiked out of the Crabtree Trailhead into the Emigrant Wilderness. It was a great day for hiking, never got hot, even on the exposed switch backs. The Crabtree parking lot was full, but we saw few people on the trail.

Here's the bridge at the beginning of the trail.

It's a good uphill pull to Camp Lake. The trail follows a small drainage that had nice wild flowers abit past their prime, but still pretty. And it's always good to see green grass in August.

The south shore of Camp has plenty of room to spend a summer afternoon. Wonder why I don't go out there more often! These crazy reflections are looking toward the north shore.

Phlox are still blooming.

Mariposa Lilies are few and far between.

This has been an outstanding year for Mountain Pride. Over Tioga Pass it is spilling across all the granite rock.

We hiked passed the trail intersection to Bear Lake a half mile or so down to the bottom of the next canyon before deciding to go back to Bear. Good decision. We ended hiking between 8 and 9 miles as it was!

Bear is bigger than Camp and has this island a short swim out from the camping area.

We hung out for about an hour for lunch and a rest while soaking in the gorgeous views.

Two hours hiking and we were back to the trail head and ready to roll back down the hill to Sonora.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Testing Image Size

This is Tom's barn in Chinese Camp. Pic from last March. I'm trying out a larger size image. Hope it works!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

2nd Annual Gull Lake Adventure

We planned our Gull Lake adventure for later in the summer this year to be sure the snow was gone. That was a good call back in February.

The Marina is just a couple minutes walk from our cabin and has a little store, picnic tables behind a wind break, and a cool bar with stools to watch the boats and fisher people.

These two were out early but didn't have any luck this day.

Several vintage boats were tied up at the dock.

One day we visited Virginia Lake. It was cold and windy. We didn't stick around there for long! (this was the most snow we saw all week)

Another day we explored Convict Lake. It was gorgeous that day; we all sat on the shore for close to four hours while S tried his luck again at fishing.

Wild roses are blooming all over the mountains.

A highlight of our week was visiting Hot Creek. Still not sure where the Fish Hatchery is located (maybe it was closed). But I'm pretty sure it was near this area of the creek where we saw these beautiful White Pelicans.

A couple miles out a gravel road we found the Thermo site. Hot water dumps into the creek, thus the name! There is a trail along this section of the creek and more thermo sites to see; we'll save that hike for another trip.

The creek was fenced and seriously signed along this section. Some folks ignored the sign and swam anyway. We thought that wasn't a good idea!

This is the scalding water that flows into the creek. Amazing color!

(don't know why I can't uncenter this text!) Be that as it may, this view is looking downstream on Hot Creek.

And here's the gang after our walk down the trail to the creek.