Going to the Woods is Going Home

Bambi and the Knife Welding Lunatic; A Hiker’s Tale or Fake News?

I pulled my aching body out of bed before dawn to go on a big ass hike. It was a few weeks into our month-long vacation, I mean, if you consider vacation hiking twenty miles every few days (Which I do!) I did not arise sleepy from the RV at dawn so my dog could …

Be My Valentine and Get Me Some Damn Deet

Six a.m. on the sagebrush thick trails near Sherwin Creek and thunderheads were forming in the distance near Bishop, California, big time. I’ve never in my life as a long-distance hiker been afraid of a little thunderstorm, so of course, I just kept on hiking up the deserted mountain trail. Truth be told I simply …

The Party Poopers hiking guide

Vacation in the high Sierras means hiding from swarms of mosquitos, day drinking to forget about said mosquitos, nights at the carnival riding the Party Pooper and babysitting two pups who are not always on their best behavior. Vacation; Day five. Eastern Sierras. Let’s go for a little hike. To a big ass mountain. It …

What I did on my Summer Vacation; My Dogs Version

Today in the woods of the eastern Sierras, Carly the trail dog did all the things. She almost got lost in the Inyo National Forest, she had a fight with her best friend and she forded multiple creeks and streams between Rock Creek Lake and Chickenfoot Lake. After a long day on the trails with …

Where the Hell is Yost Lake?

I don’t know why hikers and other outdoor adventurers don’t talk about scenic Yost Lake out of June Lake. Maybe it’s the insane amount of altitude gain you hike upward in the first mile of this race up to resort level and the meadows. When I started this upward journey up above silent blue June …