Off for a few days in the eastern Sierras

Hooray! We’re off to Mammoth Lakes for just a few days of day hiking in the eastern Sierra.

On the way up to Tioga Pass we encountered three different road construction traffic controls which made the trip seem very long. Karen napped, or at least had her eyes closed, for about half the trip. […]

Anniversary of Fire on Rattlesnake Ridge

Shortly after 2 pm on July 9, 1953 (57 years ago), a depressed, unemployed young man tossed a match onto bone dry grass by the side of Alder Springs Road west of Willows, California. Eight hours later, fifteen firefighters were caught by a surprising wind shift and couldn’t outrun the flames in dense chaparral. Today, […]