Showing posts from 2018

Mitchell Peak

Phil had wanted to climb Mitchell Peak and my dad told me there were great views from the top but I almost didn't want to go.  Luckily I got over myself and we headed out just after breakfast.  The start of the trail is before Lookout Peak, a climb we've done previously.  After driving for an hour and a bit, somehow we ended up at Lookout Peak.  We turned around and back tracked until we figured out where we went wrong - the turn off was just before the road goes from pavement to dirt.  Not long from the turnoff was a small parking lot with the Marvin Pass Trailhead sign.
 We started at 8100 feet of elevation just before mid day.  The first part of the trail was really pretty, covered in pine trees and nicely shaded.  The switchbacks took us up very quickly though, and that elevation made breathing a bit more effort than we were used to.
 We kept hiking up, and up, and up some more.  The shade disappeared and the sun got warmer and our breath kept getting more shallow.  We stopp…

Buck Rock

One of our favourite things to do while staying at Sequoia Lake is visiting Buck Rock.  It's a fire lookout that was built on top of a granite dome with great views of the area from the top.   You climb up rather steep 172 steps to the top, and there's a small room where the fire lookout worker eats, sleeps, and works while on shift with a narrow platform surrounding the outside.  
The lookout fits a single bed wedged against one wall, a stove, tiny little kitchenette, visitor nook with books and things for sale, and a desk where the worker lays out maps, radios, and binoculars to scan the 360 degree view.  I can't imagine staying in such a small space - I'm pretty sure the only toilet option is to descend the 172 steps down to the small outhouse below.  I'd hate to have to go in the middle of the night during bad weather!
Besides the view, my favourite thing about this spot is th hummingbird feeder.  I love being able to watch the birds fly around with the views of t…

Sequoia Lake

We went back to the US a couple weeks ago for a wedding.  The timing was great because it was the week following my family's annual trip to Sequoia Lake.  We've gone the same week for the last 35 years, so we were happy that the trip across allowed us to go this year.

Sequoia Lake is a man-made lake in Kings Canyon National Park, about an hour from Fresno and a 4 hour drive from LAX.  The cabin my family stayed in was quite "cozy" with two sets of bunk beds and a double bed.  15 hours on a plane, 4 hours in a car, and crossing the international date line made that bunk bed surprisingly comfortable the first night.  We were all wide awake in the middle of the night though when the family friend staying with us let out a blood-curdling scream.  Apparently she had a bad dream.  While I was awake I decided to get up and go to the restroom, but when I stepped outside the cabin I heard a bear snarling loudly.  Phil saw me cowering behind him and laughed.  Apparently the bea…

The Lyndhurst Zoo

Our wonderful pet sitter created a zine of our zoo last time she stayed at our place.  She sent us some copies as a surprise and we had a really good giggle over how well she captured each of our animals' personalities.
So now I present you with The Lyndhurst Zoo!

Happy Birthday Shirley!

Our little monster dog Shirley turned 1 today.  We had to celebrate because there were times when we were't sure we were going to make it to her turning one.  Somehow we survived, and she even acts like a good dog on occasion.  Here are some of my favourite pictures of her from each month we had her the first year.