Sunrise, Sunset; New Years Day 2019

Looking East Golden morning Mountain's not out Creeping light Sunset on Mt Rainier The Brothers

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Snow Lake and Gem Lake

It was raining, and the sound of water was everywhere as I pulled into the Alpental parking lot at 7:45am in the last-day-of-daylight-savings dark dawn. The swish-swish of the windshield wipers gave way to the drizzle patter of drops on my poncho and, somewhere unseen, the muffled white noise of water falling a long way … Continue reading Snow Lake and Gem Lake

Upper Lena Lake overnight

The trail to Upper Lena Lake starts out on the trail to Lena Lake at about 700’ elevation, climbing steadily but manageably over a well-maintained Forest Service trail for 1300’ vertical in just over 3 miles. It’s a relatively easy walk, so Lena Lake is a popular place, and the campground was already near full … Continue reading Upper Lena Lake overnight

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