You probably have a route to the grocery store that avoids traffic bottlenecks and gets you to the best area of the parking lot. You might be on to something there.Read more "On the right track"
For a while now we’ve been wanting to try camping at Yosemite Creek Campground, located off the Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park. Why is this campground supposed to be so great? Read on, and know.Read more "Expect the unexpected"
We spend a fair amount of time over on the coast. It’s within easy reach, and they’ve got all the birds, so you’ll find us there every couple of weeks. But to the Resident Expert it seemed that we were missing out on the good early morning and late evening times with our day-trip visit […]Read more "Upon Further Investigation"
You are responsible for managing millions of acres of forested lands, it is the middle of summer, in the fourth year of drought. How do you safeguard these lands against harm? Well, if you’re the US Forest Service, you invite thousands of people to start fires, some of them quite large, in a mostly unsupervised, uncontrolled […]Read more "To Build a Fire"
There are five ways to learn about assembling your car camping rig: deep personal reflection, inspiration, trial and error, field observation, and direct mail marketing. You never know what’s going to work, so I suggest pursuing all five paths, in addition to the sixth way to car camping enlightenment that we have not yet discovered. We haven’t been at this […]Read more "Finessing the Rig"
We now continue the account begun yesterday of our trip to the Plumas/Tahoe National Forest region. Here’s a picture of the Sierra Buttes taken from Mills Peak, to get you oriented. Let’s see now, where were we? Right – in the Diablo Campground, with unruly neighbors and a gathering thunderstorm in the middle of the night. Having been […]Read more "Rambling in the Northeast Quadrant – Episode 2"
Our last camping adventure in the mountains was derailed by snow, and I had some concerns that last weekend’s trip would be canceled due to fire. The Lakes Basin region, including the Tahoe and Plumas National Forests and surrounding uplands, has as of this writing no active wildfires. It’s a beautiful place, and I know […]Read more "Rambling in the Northeast Quadrant – Episode 1"
Before I forget the important details, herewith is an account of our recent trip to the mountains. Our strategy was to take advantage of the drought crisis and get in an early backpacking trip with the mid-summer-like conditions in the Sierra. If we waited until our usual time, late summer, it’s doubtful there would be […]Read more "Mountain Weather"
The SF Chronicle reports that a deal is in the works to open roads and trails in the SF Water District’s vast watershed lands on the peninsula to everyday people like you and me. Long have we gazed at those hills, and wondered about the animals and plants that find shelter there – it’s like a […]Read more "Keep it secret, keep it safe"
Many years ago, on a visit to Mesa Verde National Park, the Resident Expert got yelled at by a park ranger. If you haven’t been to Mesa Verde, I encourage you to go there. Here’s a picture of the Cliff Palace ruin. This was taken on a guided walk a couple of years ago, and so […]Read more "In Which We Get Yelled At"