Cedar Breaks to Bryce

6 September 2020 Alpine Pond Loop (2 miles, +200/-200 feet) and Bryce Point to Sunset Point (2 miles, +300/-300 feet). Today we are moving on to Bryce Canyon.  We were supposed to do a backpack on the under-the-rim trail there, but today we’ll see highs in the 80s and tomorrow we’ll see lows in the…

Ramparts Overlook Trail

5 September 2020 Ramparts Overlook Trail (4 miles, +800/-800 feet). It was really hot at Great Basin National Park, so we decided to press on to our next stop, Cedar Breaks National Monument, since it sits at a nice cool 10,000 feet. Of course, everyone else had the same idea: the campground was full! But…

Baker Lake / Johnson Lake Loop

4 September 2020 Baker Lake / Johnson Lake Loop (13.1 miles, +3,200/-3,200 feet). I originally thought we might backpack in Great Basin, but the distances are quite small, and longer trips tend to go on ridges that sound a bit sketchy (at least they did when we spoke with a ranger at the Visitor Center). …

Glacier Trail and Alpine Lakes Loop

3 September 2020 Glacier Trail and Alpine Lakes Loop (6 miles, +1,200/-1,200 feet). Half Cookie and I wanted to do a Sierra trip this September.  But then all of California caught on fire.  So we searched the map for places that were a similar distance by car from San Diego. One place we have always…

High Divide – Seven Lakes Basin Loop

19 August 2020 Soleduck Trail to Deer Lakes Trail to High Divide Trail to Solduc Park and back (19 miles, +5,000/-5,000 feet). I have been traveling with my mom and dad the past 10 days, first in the Redwoods and then in Olympic National Park.  It has been a beautiful trip, but we have mostly…

Olympic National Park

13-24 August 2020 Olympic National Park This was the second half of my RV adventure with ZoZoZoom and Jim (aka mom and dad).  After visiting the Redwoods we plowed through Oregon in a single day and stayed at a small county park in Washington before arriving at the Quinault Rainforest the next day.  Jim was…

Redwoods National and State Parks

9-11 August 2020 Redwoods State and National Parks Like many people during the pandemic of 2020, my parents have been locked away, venturing out only to get essentials.  It’s been rough on them, especially my mom who is very social. What a happy accident, then, that I happened to buy a used RV for her…

Day 14: Down in the Valley, the Valley So Low

1 August 2020 JMT Cloud’s Rest Trail to Happy Isles (8.9 miles, +900/-3,200 feet) Today was our triumphant finish!  Bishop to Yosemite Valley, nearly 150 miles in two weeks. But it was a very strange ending.  This is obviously some of the most dramatic scenery on Earth, but it was sometimes hard to appreciate with…

Day 13: DA BEARS!

31 July 2020 JMT Lower Cathedral Lake to Clouds Rest Trail (11.7 miles, +1,200/-3,300 feet). We originally planned to camp below Clouds Rest today, but I was worried about trying to do 6,000 feet of descent to the valley floor on our last day.  So we decided to stick to the JMT and split the…

Day 12: Lower Cathedral Lake

30 July 2020 JMT from Ireland Lake Trail to Lower Cathedral Lake (11.2 miles, +1,400/-1,000 feet). Today was sad because we said goodbye to Flower Power who headed back home from Tuolumne. But it was also happy because we camped at Lower Cathedral Lake, one of my favorite of the trip! We broke camp in…

Day 11: Over Donahue Pass to Lyell Canyon

29 July 2020 JMT from Waugh Lake Trail to Ireland Lake Trail (10.4 miles, +1,800/-2,500 feet). We slept really well last night to the tune of Rush Creek, undisturbed by human visitors. We enjoyed breakfast and a sunrise and were on our way. We encountered the large group that camped ahead of us right away…

Day 10: Garnet Lake, Thousand Island Lake, and Island Pass

28 July 2020 JMT Ediza Lake Trail to Waugh Lake Trail (7.8 miles, +2,200/-1,600 feet). Well, the big group the surrounded us last night really upset Flower Power.  They were camped about 5 feet away from her and decided to have a very loud conversation from 4am to 5am and shine lights on her tent….