Rinconada Trail hike this week was a classic Fall season hike , the weather cool , colors beautiful and the clouds were gathering with a promise of rain . My dog sierra loved the cool breeze . Below is a two minute video of my hike , I hope you enjoy .
I met this strong hiker on Cerro Alto yesterday , she enjoyed her summit with her dog , both enjoyed getting acquainted with Sierra ( my Shepard ) . Amanda is this hiker's name and she is new to the north co. of San Luis Obispo . she moved here from Colorado and is a avid hiker , having hiked most of the 14 er .s of Colorado . I suggested some local long hikes per her request and she is looking forward to attempting them . I asked her how she liked cerro Alto and she said this is a good hike and will do it again .
Sierra is sporting a new day pack by Ruff Wear . this is a sleek hydration pack
I think Sierra likes the freedom of the design of this pack as you can see below in the comparison photos . The orange color pack is the Approach pack that she wore daily for years and the new grey slender pack is the Single Track hydration pack that holds 32 oz of water , enough for short 6 mile day hikes in warm weather . Sierra weighs 85 lbs. and hikes daily . Sierra now has three sizes of packs .
below the Approach pack that Sierra wore daily for four years , this pack worked great and allowed for carrying several bottles of water , enough for long hot day hikes up to 20 miles long
.She could run and play with this pack , but in the brush it presented more work .
We are happy with new slender pack as she moves with more freedom in more technical terrain . See photos of Sierra running into deep snd steep ravine .
New sleek day pack below .
Sierra running with her new sleek day pack into a deep ravine .
I celebrated my 77th birthday backpacking with Mark and my dog Sierra in the Emigrant wilderness August 2016 . the weather was great and the vistas beautiful . We met a lot of beautiful folks and Sierra made many friends . We accessed from Modesto Ca. via hwy 108 , obtained permits at Pine Crest ranger station . Water is plentiful along rout to Emigrant Lake . One letter of water at any time .
The elevation gain is moderate at best .
Myself and Sierra
Myself and Sierra below
Small tree splitting a rock below
on aday hike I forgot Sierra's dish and I had to feed her in my hand . Bad deal
Below Sierra befriending a ranger
Met this young man , Michael below who knew my grandson Michael .
Yesterday I met this lovely young lady on Cerro Alto , her name is Erin , and has a brother Andrew
My son Luis photographed her soccer photos when she was in school and he coached her brother in cross country running team . Small world . She is from Santa Maria and the last name I believe is Hocks .?