Thursday, October 17, 2019

Tiburon Sightems - 2

Pine Cone, Self-Portrait (Tiburon) - Marin County  2019

Boats, San Francisco Skyline (Tiburon) - Marin County  2019

So, most of these photos were taken in September using a new camera, a Canon G5XII. I wanted to test it in varying conditions to see if it would be suitable as a one-camera travel option. So far so good. Annoying, though, having to type in the "II" every time you refer to it.

I'll have to have a little extended post about the camera at some point in the future.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Tiburon Sightems - 1

Bougainvillea, Staircase (Tiburon) - Marin County  2019

Sam's Anchor Cafe (Tiburon) - Marin County  2019

Taken during a combined Sausalito / Tiburon photo excursion.

I don't think we've ever eaten at Sam's. Probably should, at least once.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Sausalito Agaves




Agave (Sausalito) - Marin County  2019

Agaves, Self-Portrait (Sausalito) - Marin County  2019

These plants are found in Sausalito in front of the fire station at Johnson and Bridgeway. Usually I just post black and white abstracts as in the top photo, but I thought it would be interesting to get an overall view.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Monday Egret Blogging

Egret, Boat, Mount Tamalpais - Marin County  2019

In back of the San Rafael Trader Joe's. Taken with my newish Canon G5XII.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Back through Yosemite

Pine Tree, Lembert Dome (Tuolumne Meadows) - Yosemite  2019

Like I said, I can't find any photos taken on the way home after my 2005 backpack. So I guess I'll just put this one in for now, a late August photo taken this year in Tuolumne Meadows.  I'll post some other photos from my 2019 camping trip at a later date.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Hike Out - 2

Mike, Kearsarge Pinnacles - Sierra Nevada  2005

Big Pothole Lake - Sierra Nevada  2005

From the notes:

6:30 AM—37º. A bear wandered through last night, around midnight. Could just make out his silhouette. Woke me up!
9:00—Leave camp.
10:15—Kearsarge Pass.
1:00 PM—Trailhead.
3:15—Mammoth & the Quality Inn!
4:00—Showered! Over to Gomez’ for a quesadilla and some draft beer! FYI, I ache all over. 

[Update: Alas, I can't find any photos of the after-hike Mammoth experience. Huh.]

Friday, October 11, 2019

Kearsarge Lakes - Hiking Out

Reeds, Reflections - Sierra Nevada  2005

Mike, Reading - Sierra Nevada  2005
From the notes:

2:00—Back at campsite number 1. Kearsarge Lakes.
5:30—The Hatch! Much more so than Monday night. Trout don’t have to jump—just scoop up th’ hatch. Very nice here . . . best part of trip, actually. A little like Minaret Lake, with the Kearsarge Pinnacles standing in for the Minarets.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Hike Out - 1

East Vidette Peak - Sierra Nevada  2005

Taking Down Tent - Sierra Nevada  2005

From the notes:

Up at 6:15 AM. Temperature at 5 AM was 31º. Start packing. Some trepidation over major ascent today. Camera battery dead! Wha . . . ? Two deer wander through my campsite.
8:50—Leave camp.
9:45—Low point. Vidette Meadows. Campers with campfire. Nice, actually. Breakfast.
10:00—Resume hiking.
11:40—Kearsarge Pass junction. I’m alive, but just barely. Almost immediately, the trail opens up and become more scenic.
12:30—1:00 PM—Lunch at Bullfrog Lake.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Mountain Views

Mountain View, 4PM - Sierra Nevada  2005

Mountain View, 6PM - Sierra Nevada  2005

After I got back home I spent some time looking at the topo map trying to figure out what mountain this was. Alas, no luck.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Rock Details

Rock Detail #1 - Sierra Nevada  2005

Rock Detail #2 - Sierra Nevada  2005

Details seen around my Bubbs Creek campsite.

From the notes:

12:50—Leave the pass for the return.
4:15—Back at camp.
7:10—Inside the tent. 50º. Hiding from mosquitos. Need to rest! Definitely, yes: Another too-tough trip!

Dayhike: 8 hours.

[Update: So . . . this was quite some time ago (years, actually) and even back then I was complaining about the toughness of the trip. Huh. So it's not a recent thing.]

Monday, October 7, 2019

Monday Deer Blogging (Deer, Tuolumne Meadows 2012)

Deer, Tuolumne Meadows - Yosemite  2012

OK, so this photo wasn't taken during my 2005 backpack, but I wanted to post a nice Sierra wildlife photo. Taken during a dayhike going north on the PCT out of Tuolumne Meadows in 2012.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Forester Pass View

Forester Pass View - Sierra Nevada  2005

Bighorn Plateau - Sierra Nevada  2002

The "awe-inspiring Forester Pass" and the "mind-boggling view." It's interesting that I had been in the area below Forester Pass in 2002, on horseback. You can make out the same mountain range in both photos.


Forester, Shepherd Passes Topo



Saturday, October 5, 2019

Forester Pass

Forester Pass - Sierra Nevada  2005

Mike, Forester Pass - Sierra Nevada  2005

From the notes:

12:20 PM—The awe-inspiring Forester Pass. Cross over into Sequoia National Park for a few minutes. 13,200 feet elevation. Solitary lunch. Rock pix. Southwards, a mind-boggling view.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Above Timberline

Lupin, Sierra Crest - Sierra Nevada  2005

Timberline Stream - Sierra Nevada  2005

From the notes:

6:30 AM. 36º.
8:05—Start dayhike.
9:00—Breakfast.

[Note: then as now my appetite diminishes at altitude. Quite often I'd delay breakfast until I was well into the day's hike. Probably a granola bar.]

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Bubbs Creek Campsite

Bubbs Creek - Sierra Nevada  2005

Campsite - Sierra Nevada  2005

Bubbs Creek, made somewhat famous by the Gary Snyder poem, "Bubbs Creek Haircut."


“Now why you want your hair cut back like that.”
– Well I’m going to the Sierras for a while
Bubbs Creek and on across to upper Kern.
he wriggled his clippers,
“Well I been up there, I built the cabin
up at Cedar Grove. In nineteen five.”
old haircut smell.

out of the memory of smoking pine
The lotion and the spittoon glitter rises
Chair turns and in the double mirror waver
The old man cranks me down and cracks a chuckle

“Your Bubbs Creek haircut, boy.”

- Gary Snyder (from Mountains and Rivers Without End, 1996)

From the notes:

10:30—Trail levels off. The famous Vidette Meadow (9600 ft elevation, I think), although there’s really no meadow to speak of in evidence. And, the equally famous Bubbs Creek. After a really short distance, the trail starts to gain elevation.
12:30 PM—Camp, somewhat randomly picked, & lunch.
2:30—62º. Yes, I had to stop early. A) had reached the point where I had originally planned to stop (maybe), B) didn’t want to go too far in (thinking of the return trip), and C) aching all over! Back, feet, shoulders . . . another too-strenuous hike?
5:25—Sun sets directly behind the famous East Vidette peak. Starts getting cold immediately.
7:00—Into the tent. 52º.

Backpack: 4-1/4 hours.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Hike Down to Bubbs Creek

Lake, Sunrise - Sierra Nevada  2005

Canyon View - Sierra Nevada  2005

From the notes:

Up at 6 AM. 44º.

7:35—Sunrise.
8:15—Leave campsite. Some mosquitos, last night & this AM.
9:00—Bullfrog Lake. Breakfast.
9:40—JMT. Big, disconcerting descent, ears continually popping. Somehow I hadn’t expected this. Legs quivering, feet sore etc etc. Jeez . . .

[First note: The descent shouldn't have been unexpected - it's clearly visible on the topo map. So I was ready for the dropoff during my 2007 Bishop Pass hike.]

[Second note: Wikipedia lists "mosquitos" as an alternate to "mosquitoes." Personally, I think that the "e" in the plural spelling is ridiculous. Same for potatos. And tomatos.]


Trail Signs - Sierra Nevada  2005



Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Kearsarge Lakes - Hiking In

Sunset, Kearsarge Lakes - Sierra Nevada  2005

Morning, Kearsarge Lakes - Sierra Nevada  2005

Very near to my campsite. I think this is the same scene from slightly different perspectives.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Monday Marmot Blogging

Marmot - Sierra Nevada  2005

Taken above timberline during my dayhike up to Forester Pass. So, a little out of sequence here, but I needed a Monday animal post, so . . .

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Kearsarge Pinnacles

Kearsarge Pinnacles, Lakes - Sierra Nevada  2005

Kearsarge Pinnacles - Sierra Nevada  2005

From the notes:

2:30—Camp on Kearsarge Lakes near shore. Nice views. Hardened camp sites with bear boxes. Mike meets 83-yr old backpacker. Uses packbag that he has made, and tarp that he has made. Just coming off of a 10-day hike. Last big hike was when he was 79. [Note: no matter how old you are and what you're doing, there's always going to be someone way older than you doing stuff that's way more impressive than what you're doing.)
5:30—Chardonnay. Yum! Will use the bear box tonight, as a precaution.
7:30—50º. Last alpenglow. I retreat into the tent.


Kearsarge Pinnacles, Boots - Sierra Nevada  2005



Saturday, September 28, 2019

Kearsarge Pass

Kearsarge Pass - Sierra Nevada  2005


Mike, Kearsarge Pass - Sierra Nevada  2005

From my notes taken during the hike:

Up at 6 AM. 47º.
6:30—Sunrise.
8:-00—Leave campground. Seems like an awfully lot of fussing needed . . . toss all unused food . . . figure out what I’m going to take, what to leave behind . . . make sure that all backpack items in paper sacks & cardboard boxes are in pack etc etc.
8:20—Trailhead at Onion Valley (9200 ft elevation). Store toiletries in bear box. Notice at trailhead warning that bears are breaking into certain bear canisters. [Later: most likely the new transparent models. They have screw-on lids that may be a weak point.]
8:30—Start backpack.
12:35 PM—Kearsarge Pass. Tough.
1:20—Leave KP. Enter King’s Canyon National Park.


Kearsarge Pass,  Lakes Topo Map



Friday, September 27, 2019

Onion Valley Sagebrush, Sunrise




Sagebrush (Onion Valley) - Sierra Nevada  2005

Moon, Sunrise (Onion Valley) - Sierra Nevada  2005

Photos taken while at my pre-backpack Onion Valley campsite.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Kearsarge Pass / Forester Pass Backpack - 2005

Tent, Onion Valley Campsite - Sierra Nevada  2005

Nissan Maxima, Onion Valley  Campsite - Sierra Nevada  2005

As I was flipping through my earlier digital contact sheets I came across these photos taken during a solo backpack in 2005 over Kearsarge Pass. They were taken with an Olympus C-8080, my first "good" digital camera. Some of the photos are quite nice, if I do say so myself. (Earlier this year I posted some 2007 backpack photos.)

This was one in a series of hikes that I was taking that took me over the Sierra crest from Owens Valley into the back country. (Prior to that I had mainly done a number of out and back overnights.)

In those days my standard practice was to car camp the night before the start of the hike, thus ensuring an early start. Please note the powerful Nissan Maxima that I was using at the time.


Onion Valley Topo Map

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Back of Trader Joe's

Bicycle, Chair (San Rafael) - Marin County  2019

Houseboat (San Rafael) - Marin County  2019

Waiting for Weight Watchers to open. (My monthly visit.)

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Mt Tamalpais from Loma Alta

Serpentinite, Mt Tamalpais - Marin County  2019

Slow, Mt Tamalpais - Marin County  2019

Taken with my older Olympus E-M10 and a 14-150mm zoom lens. The camera is quite lightweight, good for hiking and backpacking.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Monday Goat Blogging (1965)

Goats - Okinawa  1965

I don't think that these photos have been posted on the blog before. One of my fellow servicemen in the U.S. Army was from Hyannisport, MA. He had somehow acquired a small sailboat and then somehow convinced me that it was a good idea to sail from the main island of Okinawa to one of the very smaller islands nearby.

Crazy, of course, since I can't swim, and we had no life vests.

Photos taken with a Nikon F, using Kodachrome film.


Boat - Okinawa  1965