Friday, February 19, 2010
I got caught in the rain but I had my winter pack so I quickly suited up in my rain gear and continued hiking . I do enjoy the rain but I have had enough rain for the year . I am ready for summer !
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
2-17-10 Tuesday and there is a touch of spring in the weather. A little sunshine brings out the early flowers , creativity and lots of campers and hikers. This flowering bush I love and soon there will be thousands of these on the mountain along with many other. Does anybody know what the name of this flower is >
Monday, February 15, 2010
I hiked Cerro Alto yesterday the weather was great . Many people on the mountain enjoying the beautiful weekend but I was nursing a sore right foot which made hiking a little tough . This reminded me of the natives of the Copper Canyon and their bare feet and all the running they do. Check out the foot photo of earlier posting . These guys don't know what it is to wear shoes yet they run hundreds of miles weekly. It really makes me wonder about foot health ? Today I am posting from the 06 race the 50 mile race in which Ornolfo , the native who won the race , you will see him close up and running along side of the worlds number one ultra runner Scott Jurek. Th man with the pen and note book in hand is Christopher McDougall the author of best selling book" Born To Run "
Friday, February 12, 2010
Took a late hike on Cerro Alto today ( Thursday the 11 ) I went to the west ridge . Morro Rock was spooky and dark . I found a lot of cougar tracks near the shed . actually I have seen many fresh tracks here in the past couple of weeks . The cat tracks are of all sizes so I am sure there is a new family near by as the tracks are close to fresh water puddles on this trail.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
2-12-10 ---A couple of days ago , on a dry day the sun came out and the lady bugs appeared . They gather by the thousands in sunny spots along the trails of Cerro Alto. I saw a little boy with his arms covered with lady bugs and he was so proud ! I should have taken a photo of him --my mistake !
I love painting locations and events that I have visited . Here I share the Painted Lady , the mountain on the Rae Lake Loop in Kings canyon . this painting is the one with the bright reflection in the water . The other painting is of Banner Peak overlooking Garnett Lake . I am told that this mountain is the most photographed mountain on the John Muir Trail . Both of these paintings are 40 inchs and are in oil .
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
These were some of the Tarahumara men who raced our American runners in a 50 mile race . I am posting a couple of more photos . The guys hiked 40 miles from Botopilas to Urique in one day ! The race was started in the town of Urique.
In 2006 , I made a trip to the Copper Canyon with my son Luis a ultra runner . He and six other runners raced 50 miles with the natives of this canyon . This race is now fetured in a Best Selling Book " Born to Run" by Mc Dougal. More on the details later as I am now going to hike . I just wanted to post a couple of photos
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
These photos were taken in November of 09 from the Pine ridge trail . We started the hike at China Camp trail head located west of Greenfield Ca. and hiked to the coast . The hike was slow and tough ! fires and rain had damaged trails and all signs . But the trip was great as the views were spectacular as we could see Junipero Cerra peak , the ocean , Ventana cone peak , Pine Valley and much more . The weather was cold and damp .The sunsets and sunrises were beautiful. I promise to post more photos of this area later. This blog limits the number of photos one can post at a time.