Rampart Lakes

There's a series of three lakes in the Ansel Adams Wilderness, just south of Yosemite National Park. They lie just below the sheer, jagged peaks of The Minarets. Minaret Lake, the southernmost of these, and the most easily accessible from the town of Mammoth Lakes, is one of my favorite places on earth. Pictures of … Continue reading Rampart Lakes

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Mt Rainier Day Hiking from Sunrise

The thing that gets me most about Mt Rainier is it's 'there-ness.' On clear day, the mountain hovers over Seattle like a lumpy white ghost, appearing unexpectedly as one comes over one of Seattle's hills or in between buildings, while crossing intersections. No matter how many times I see it, I find it impossible to … Continue reading Mt Rainier Day Hiking from Sunrise

Waxing Crescent moon and passing clouds.

I step outside with a glass of wine and watch the illuminated texture of thin clouds passing in front of the crescent moon.   It looks like a time lapse. The air is cool and marine. I was thinking the other day how in my adult life I've never lived very far from a body of water … Continue reading Waxing Crescent moon and passing clouds.