Anza-Borrego Super Bloom 2019

We backpacked into Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to check out the 2019 Super Bloom

2019 Anza-Borrego Super Bloom in Indian Canyon

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Death Valley 2018

We drove and hiked all over Death Valley National Park for four days

Telescope Peak from the Badwater Salt Flats

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San Jacinto May 2018

Vicki and I spent the Memorial Day Weekend backpacking in the San Jacinto State Wilderness.  We camped three nights and bagged four colloquially-named peaks:  Yale Peak, Harvard Peak, Joyce Peak, and Mount Saint Ellen’s.

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Mount Baldy via Devils Backbone Sept 2017

My son and I joined up with members of the San Gabriel Mountains Discussion Forum for a fun day-hike to the 10064-foot summit of Mount Baldy (aka Mount San Antonio) via the Devils Backbone Trail.  We were lazy and took the ski lift up to Baldy Notch, then climbed the remaining 2300 feet to the summit.  So we weren’t utterly lazy.  Not content with bagging only one peak, my son and I headed off  for a quick visit to West Baldy, topping out at 9988 feet.  After rejoining our partners on Baldy, we headed back down the way we’d come, with the exception of taking a side trip to bag a third peak, Mount Harwood.  My son was feeling rather stoked as we headed into the Top of the Notch restaurant, where we ate our well-deserved burgers and beer.  With full bellies, there was no complaining when we took the ski lift back down to the cars.  All in all, it had been a great day on the mountain!

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Total Solar Eclipse 2017

We viewed the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017 from the 7600-foot summit of Dixie Butte in Eastern Oregon.  To get there, we planned it so that we could drive south to Oregon after finishing our usual summer hiking trek up in the Washington Cascades.  To avoid the predicted traffic and crowds, we arrived a few days early and simply relaxed while camping up on the mountain until the morning of the eclipse.  Then we joined the Eclipse Party on the summit.  There must have been over a hundred people up there, and all of them had a great time.  Viewing a 100% total solar eclipse is a fantastic experience, and well-worth travelling to if you ever have the chance.

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