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"
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"
If you consider yourself part of the Nation, then I suggest you take full advantage of your National Forests. Not only does the USFS offer good, off the beaten track campgrounds, but you can also basically camp elsewhere anywhere you like, for free, if you can find a good spot in the hundreds of millions of […]Read more "Dispersed"
You get two days for your own personal use, and then they make you work five days. Seems all wrong, doesn’t it? Well, that’s the deal, like it or not. So we put our 48 hours to good use: I ran in a local 5K (I finished, let’s leave it at that) on Saturday morning, then we […]Read more "They Give You Two Days"
Many’s the time we’ve hiked, car camped and backpacked at Butano State Park, but never have we stayed at a walk-in site. Until yesterday. Site 22 is the farthest from the walk-in camp’s parking lot, probably 50 meters or so, but is in a lovely secluded spot in this forested dell near a spur from […]Read more "Walk in"
The huge Rim Fire is 75% contained as of this morning, and has stopped short of White Wolf and Yosemite Creek. They’re fighting fire with fire now, burning out some fuel before the wildfire can get it. Photo credit: Mike McMillan – USFS There are almost 5,000 firefighters up there now. By their efforts, our lands […]Read more "Wildfire"