Backpacking on Donner Pass

mom, will you take me backpacking? Shocked to hear these words uttered by my 8-year old hiking-averse son, I jumped at the chance. We set out from the PCT trailhead near I–80, and took the Glacial Loop trail to the PCT. Another trail off the PCT, to the right, led us to Lake Angela and eventually Flora Lake, our destination. We swam, explored, swam some more, and had a peaceful night. Will definitely return for more. It was about four milesRead more

scenes from the tahoe rim trail

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” ― John Muir, The Mountains of California   posted on the outhouse wall: “God never made an ugly landscape. All that the sun shines on is beautiful, so long as it is wild.” -John MuirRead more