3.7 miles took 2 hours that also sizzled away some 1200 calories.. o yeah but the breathtaking vistas of the pacific ocean and the strange inspiration you feel when you are around the Golden Gate bridge are sure worth the effort.. A must for every family. And its a great start for the 2018 season.. stay tuned 🙂
rain rain come again
peace and tranquil in bargain
make it wet and bring petrichor
bet a little soul regain
each corridor cute again
- Every Sunday afternoon
- You and your spouse are a team
- Each team plays 3 games with all other teams on that day
- Potluck or Pizza Lunch
- Entry fee $10 (to start with) and the lady in winning team takes all
Lets have some fun as adults. Bring your kids too but focus on your own game. They can play separately :). We can drop the entry fee if none of the teams are interested in OR we can bump it up, bet separately likes if someone wanna become a little richer by the evening 🙂
This is an open invitation welcoming you all to get hands on and have some fun. Beer and wine are on the house 🙂
Please feel free to ping me for any questions or directions.
For fun they played in snow
In pain they cried in snow
The contrast taught them a lesson which they don’t realize now
Take your kids to the great outdoors and face the elements, let them handle the inconveniences and they will quickly stop crying and start thinking solutions.
This marks my personal best record of 19 miles, 4k elevation in 10.5 hours.. yey!
And this just happens to be the tallest publicly accessible peak in the Alamada County. Hiking it is very strenuous, the heat just kills, any amount of water is not sufficient (drinkable water is only at the visitor center, for emergencies there is untreated water at Hawk’s Nest) and the long distance would seem to be never ending. Trails are well marked but you better carry your own gpx as you can get lost at few places, but overall we enjoyed hiking this. Never try this alone. We hardly saw any people there and its not worth risking your own self in the vast wilderness. This is meant to be for advanced hikers, but of course I did. 😉
thanks for reading. Don’t try this alone or without proper planning.
My kids were camping for the first time and I wanted them to start big 🙂 so whats better than a beach front on the night of a full moon? Book your campsite on the Half-moon bay, arrange for lots of food n drinks, carry a ton of firewood, plan your barbeque ahead, pitch your tent, exhaust them on the sand, split the woods, fire the pit, show them how to manage fire, make a few smoking corn and let them avoid burning their lips, lights on, open the sleeping bags, teach them how to go to bed comfortably… All this when the waves of the great Pacific ocean are splashing heavily just a 100 yards away, with a chilling breeze making your fire most valuable.. 🙂
Enjoy the life with most basic amenities and appreciate the value
Thanks for reading, hope this inspires you to go out into the nature.
Put a hard deadline by which you should summit and if you don’t reach by that time, turn back.
This is the top rule when you are hiking particularly when the routes/summits are strenuous, dangerous, long and lonely. And thats one rule that prevented me to turn back from the foot of the cables 😦 I was very sad and missed the peak only by a mere 400 meters but I now have a better understanding of this ruthless trail, of the lacunae in my planning and my very own limitations. Of course, I will work on these points and surely go again. I will carry more than 4L of water, no extra wait, will eat more and try to avoid muscle cramps, next time.
Cables on Half-dome is no doubt one of the best and strenuous hikes I did in the last many years. Its a hiker’s paradise with stunning views, steep granite and a thorough mental challenge. A grueling 16 mile hike with limited access to water, the staircase with huge steps along side the Nevada and Vernal Falls, the never ending John Muir trail, the risky slopes on the sub-dome all would only make it more beautiful if you ask me 🙂
Trailhead parking is usually sufficient for day/night hikers but there are few slots at the Happy Isle too (closed when we were there). And if these two are overflowing, then the nearby Curry Village parking (now Halfdome village) is huge enough for a thousand cars.
Cables on half-dome:
Try this all out. You would love it.
Thanks for reading.
Not many would be interested to go to an Earthquake fault on a weekend road trip but what if you add a beautiful beach to it, and a stunning rock floor all filled with mussels, and a big tunnel in the rock with the high waves crashing and trying to close both sides of it? That would be one awesome day, trust me!
As for the record, Mussel Rock is the place where the San Andreas fault re-enters the land mass. The “Pacific Plate” and the “North American Plate” just rubbed against each other and made an 800 mile long fault that looks like a scar on the Earth’s cheek.. Isn’t it creepy?
And touching the edge of a ” tectonic plate” with your human hands is like a crazy dream.
And then, all the rocks on the shore are filled with tiny black mussels, wow, why? Don’t miss the “hole in the rock” which is just one wonderful experience to sit in the tunnel and hear the crashing waves at both sides. And another point close to the fault but far away from here is the McCluers Beach. We will do Fort Ross some other day, but this beach is hidden from the public view by few hillocks and the hike down took just 0.5 miles and you enter a private beach thats all your own 🙂
Thanks for reading. You have nice time too.
The HOTTEST place ever recorded on the Earth;
The LOWEST elevation below sea level in the entire Western Hemisphere;
The DRIEST place in the Western Hemisphere;
The TALLEST place in all of the lower US states;
The LARGEST National Park in the USA;
It may sound like crazy that I wanted to visit these places but the privilege of a Californian is to be able to cover them all in a day or two, so why not on a long weekend? 🙂 Yes, I am talking about the famous “Death Valley National Park” which is the largest (in fact larger than Yellowstone, yes, yes). I never thought it would be so beautiful even though exhausting and dehydrating. We drove through the heart of the valley, its all a dry and barren land with extreme temperature and aridity but God made it “hellafa” beauty, I vouch.
- Furnace Creek and Stovepipe are aptly named 🙂
- Badwater Basin is a bold beauty and drains all the water out of you. It was 109°F (43ºC) when we were there
- Natural Bridge intrigues you sure
- Mesquite Dunes mesmerizes you
- the “Death Valley Scenic Highway” is certainly scenic with multiple stops for water and pictures 🙂
- Mount Whitney stands tall and makes all this rain shadow region what it is
- Family trek to the Lone Pine Lake at 10k
And we didn’t actually get time to visit many other places like Zebriskie point, Devil’s cornfield, Ubehebe crater and Eurake Dunes etc.. Next time 🙂
Trip tips: Carry lots and lots of water with you, sun screen, cooling glasses, hat, umbrella and whatever else that can protect you from the scorching sun and dehydration.
My Kids tried to breach the 10k elevation mark but had to turn back at 9153 due to bad weather. It still was a 4 mile hike on the slopes of Mount Whitney. We got two new friends and the 3 year old “Ashrita” was the most energetic:
Another 1200 miles in the log.. um..and special thanks to Manoj and Punnami for accompanying us.
thanks for reading.
I took the Ski-hut-trail to the peak and then the Devil’s backbone to come down. It may look like a normal hike of 10-11 miles but the ascent is an unpaved steep trail filled with boulders and occassional shade. And its the descent I found very dangerous as the Devil’s backbone is nothing but a sharp ridge with deep valleys on both sides. Add some bad weather and poor visibility, it can easily become treacherous as it happened to a lonely me. Don’t go alone onto this ridge, particularly if its bad weather.
Its important to teach your kids something about bugs, what are harmless and what are harmful etc. Thanks to the Randall Museum in SFO, we had a fun day with lot of infotainment. Add that to all our outdoor time and I am sure my kids would have their curiosities answered and still be safe…
Of course each bug is a lesson whether its biting your neck or breaking your code ;):P
hand-crafted Bug Crowns 🙂
The real Tarantula is hide sleeping in grass but the one you see in the box is only the shell he just shed:
One harmless scorpion.. believe me!
the common beetle:
larvae will never be disgusting again:
Its the daddy beetle who carries all the eggs around:
Not indoor plants, they are all carnivorous hunters:
This cone shaped death trap is probably the most misguiding:
Not all beauty is naive, it eats a bug alive and slow:
Spot the snake:
Thats the first time I saw a birdie skeleton:
and a tortoise one too:
Its not actually the ‘first’ thing because I am doing this directly from my tax deductions without even receiving the refund. This time I used TurboTax and came across this wonderful feature to be able to donate directly from the refund while filing the returns itself.. And here is my fav list:
$100 -> Emergency Food For Families Fund
$195 -> State Parks Protection Fund/Parks Pass Purchase
$100 -> Keep Arts in Schools Fund
$80 -> America The Beautiful – National Parks Annual pass (ordered separately)
That takes a cool big chunk from my total refund but I am happy and thankful to God for giving me this opportunity to donate. I never want to boast about myself but it just gives me good sleep if I do this 🙂 and probably I can inspire a rich aahs to beat me in this someday 🙂
A superb start to the Spring 2016 with a 3.2 mile hike in the deep talus caverns of the Pinnacle National Park in the Bear Gulch Nature Reserve. My 5 year old kids did this full loop along with my senior citizen mother-in-law and everyone liked the narrow passages laughing heartily squeezing thru the wet rugged rocks 🙂
Don’t forget your headlamps: Moses Springs Trail -> Bear Gulch Cave Trail -> Rim Trail -> High Peaks Trail -> Bear Gulch Nature center;