Sunday, December 14, 2014

Lake Shasta Caverns; 12/14/14

After visiting the caverns last year, we thought it would be interesting to go back this weekend after a heavy rain, in hopes of seeing some trickles in the caves.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Mono County, 10/3/14 - 10/5/14

Went to the Eastern Sierras in search of fall colors.  

10/3/14; Lundy Canyon Trail, 4.9 out-and-back.

 10/4/14; Lake George, Barrett, and TJ Lakes; 1 mile out-and-back.
Lake George
Barrett Lake with Crystal Crag in the background
TJ Lake with Crystal Crag in the background
Lake George

Silver Lake Campground
Chemistry 101; What happens when you move water from a bearbox to the cold morning air?
Fog along Rush Creek
More fog where Rush Creek meets Silver Lake
Silver Lake with a lone float-tuber

Stopped off at a few places on the way home.

Upper Virginia Lakes
Along road to Virginia Lakes
Along road to Virginia Lakes
Highway 108
Highway 108

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Mammoth Lakes, 9/11/14 - 9/14/14

9/11/14; Bodie State Historic Park

 9/12/14; Rock Creek Lake; 6.2 mile out-and-back to Chickenfoot Lake from the Mosquito Flat Trailhead.
Stream leading to Heart Lake
Box Lake
Long Lake.  This lake was quite clear with visible fish near the shore.
This critter was along the rocks of Long Lake.
Stream leading to Chickenfoot Lake
Chickenfoot Lake
Some sort of cricket, I'm guessing.  It was about 2 inches long.

Lower Twin Lakes; went float tube fishing for the first time.  Caught one rainbow on a fly.
Lake George; more fishing after lunch.  C caught one, I caught 2 (one big one :)
Lake George
Lake George; more early morning fishing, with no luck.
June Lake Loop; the clouds were amazing, and too good to pass up.  So we detoured to the June Lake Loop in hopes of getting some decent timelapse shots.


Monday, September 1, 2014

Lassen, 8/29/14 - 9/1/14

8/29/14; Overnight stay in Red Bluff

8/30/14; Lassen National Park
Bumpass Hell; 3.0 miles
It has been a while since we've done any hiking.  It felt good to finally be back outdoors and enjoying the beauty that nature brings.  And what better way to have a refresher than to start at 8200 feet towards the smell of rotten eggs.
Lake Helen with Lassen Peak in the background
Crystaline formations on the ground
Tilt-shift image of the Bumpass Hell boardwalk

Terrace, Shadow, and Cliff Lakes; 3.1 miles
Terrace Lake
Shadow Lake
Shadow Lake; yes, it was this blue!
Cliff Lake; yes, it was this green.
Lots of water boatmen
Underwater shot of the water boatmen
C found a dragonfly exuvia

Manzanita Lake
As soon as the sun set, bats came out for a feeding frenzy!

Lassen National Park, Kings Creek Falls and Sifford Lake; 5.4 miles
Can  you spot the deer?
Kings Creek Falls
A dried up Bench Lake
Sifford Lake

Subway Cave Lava Tube; 0.6 miles
 It was nice to get out of the sun for a while, and have fun with some light trails.  The cave is pitch black away from the entrance and exit, so a flashlight is required. 

 9/1/14; Whiskeytown National Park
We had planned on attempting the Boulder Creek Falls trail again, this time without getting lost.  However, the air was filled with a smokey haze, which I heard was from a fire in Siskiyou that had been burning a couple days ago.  There was also a fire in Weaverville a week ago.  After smelling the faint odor of smoke, we decided not to inhale the polluted, and cancelled the hike.  We headed home early,  but not before checking out the Oak Bottom Marina.
The smoky view from the Whiskeytown Visitor Center