Ubehebe Crater at Death Valley

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Half Dome and 1/2

Lord, I love this hike. Lord, I hate the cable route. It's not because of the climb, the exposure or physical effort required; it's due to the many other hikers excited to be there. The key to a successful RT ascent in one day is to start at 4:00 AM … [Read more...]

Fire over Kit Fox Hills…

It was early.  Very early. It was still dark when I cracked my weary eyes and peered sleepily out of the opening in my mummy bag stretched across the cot.  The weather had been a little windy, but nice and I had slept in the open that night so I … [Read more...]

Discovering Death Valley

I owe Death Valley National Park an apology. Before heading there for Thanksgiving this year I had no real desire to explore the area. Sure it was a National Park and sure whoever fought to preserve it probably had good reason, but between its sand … [Read more...]

Teakettle Junction – The Crossroads

  The sturdy truck rolled to a stop, dragging with it a cloud of dust and the last crunch of rock under our tires.  Sliding out of the cab and stretching, I walked around the faithful rig as the dust settled again on the old road.  The three … [Read more...]

Sunset from Mesquite Springs Campground in Death Valley

There are a lot of camping options in Death Valley National Park.  The main campground is at Furnace Creek near the visitor's center and sees the majority of the RV and seasonal traffic.  Much of the backcountry is open for camping as long as you're … [Read more...]

How big is Half Dome in Yosemite? This big!

We walked just 50 feet from where we parked at Glacier Point when I saw Half Dome for the first time. Tater, my 5 year old fearless adventurer, had already begun the boulder problem that would become his focus for the next 20 minutes. He climbed the … [Read more...]

El Capitan is much bigger than you think

We arrived at Yosemite National Park in late afternoon. As we made our way into the heart of the Park by way of the Southside Drive we caught our first glimpse of El Capitan. It's huge! I thought I had a clear idea of its size in my mind before we … [Read more...]

Yosemite Lodge: A fire to end an epic day of adventure

It was the end of our second day in Yosemite National Park when my wife turned to me and said "We need a fire and a drink!".  She was right. Mountain air, particularly that crisp air that tells you fall is in full effect, signals to us that it's … [Read more...]

Mossy Giants in Yosemite

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