Looking at Morro Bay from Cerro Alto

Joe in the Ventana Wilderness

Joe in the Ventana Wilderness
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas 2014

Christmas Greetings

For those who know my dog Sierra
and for all those hikers yet to meet Sierra ,
the card below shows that she has a life other than trail adventures .

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hiking Tip

Today's Hiking Tip 

Weather is warming up on Cerro Alto 9-11-14
Daily I meet first time Cerro Alto hikers who tell me they were not aware 
Of how difficult or the distance involved making the summit .
Thus many of these hikers fail to reach the summit .
The distance via the canyon trail ( trail  at the far end of the park lot ) is 3 miles .
The elevation gain is 1700 ft .
Carry plenty of water !
In warm weather I carry a liter , and when it's hot
My dog weighs 72 lbs
And in hot weather she carries thirty ounces
For herself .
The trail can be hot and the summit cold , carry a jacket .

When backpacking , 
I use a Big Agnas Seedhouse SL tent
The product is great and the customer service
Is outstanding !
This a 3 season tent( two person)  , but I have been in strong wind and rain and even snow storms several times
The tent performed well . The tent weighs approximately 2.5 lbs.

Tip #3
Since the start of deer season ( 1st week of August ) I have seen many deer and mountain lion tracks on the main trails of Cerro Alto . Water up high has dried up and wildlife seeking water low neer camp ground , so keep small children close to adults .

Friday, September 5, 2014


Rinconada Trail

September 3rd , three pm hike on a eighty degree day . The day is dry , warm , quiet and lonely as it is in the middle of the week when most folks are either working or in school . 
Sierra and I are enjoying the space and the dry vistas . I am once again enjoying photographing Sierra as she plays and hunts ground stairwells . Such is the life of a happy retired seventy five year old hiker !

She never caught anything but she enjoyed the run !

Keep on hiking !

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Old Hiking Guy

Old Guy
on the mountain
Marvin on the left age 87 yrs.
Almost daily I hear comments about my advanced age ( 75 yrs ) for a serious hiker . I know that these remarks are well intended as many middle age guys tell me that I am an inspiration to them and hope that they too will be as active as I am when  the reach my age . Well I now do appreciate my health and am well aware that I am blessed with old guy strength . But now I too have found inspiration in another old guy , his name is Marvin and I met him last week on Cerro Alto .
He hiked all the way to the top . Marvin is 87 years old !!
Marvin still backpacks the Sierras and this week he is backpacking Yosemite .
His pack for 4 days weighs 28 lbs. Next month he will pack into the beautiful Chocolate Lake area . The trail head for this lake is 10,000 ft. and the lakes are at 11000 ft.  That's good stuff !!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bear Creek Trail 2014

Bear Creek Trail
The following is an adventure that took place in late July , starting out at the Vermilion Resort ( always a treat , good  food , wine , cold beer and great people ) . We four wheeled in my Jeep to the diversion dam , and then hiked up the Beer Creek trail , fishing along the way . The weather was cool most every day and rain showers occasionally blessed us .
Our party included myself , Wayne , Mark , and wonder dog Sierra . That's us shown in the first photo below standing in front of my Jeep . Our adventure was a week plus long and we had a ball . We caught fish , met great folks , ate well saw a large bear , and celebrated my seventy fifth birthday .

Sierra always finds friends .

That is Mark a wilderness photographer
and botanist .
Of course Sierra is on duty guarding him .

Sierra always leading the way .
Joe taking a noon nap as usual with Sierra
standing guard .

There is wayne scouting out the trail .

Sierra finds more friends .

This large bear added a lot of excitement
to our our adventure as he appeared to us while
we were fishing the BearCreek .
Wonder dog Sierra gave us a head s up 2 to 3 minutes
before the bear appeared . Good work Sierra.

Wayne and Sierra at work fishing .

Mark crossing stream .

Lou Beverly Lake

JMT couple traveling style.

This couple gave me a beer to celebrate my
75 th birthday .

camped here the night of my birthday

Sierra on night guard duty .

Sierra watching Mark swim
in Sandpiper Lake .

Sierra leading the way home .
Sierra now 2 and 1/2 years old , a daily hiker
did an excellent jof of finding and
breaking trail .
This was her 8th backpacking trip .