Monday, January 16, 2017

Old Man's Bowl

Today Ben, Ann and their lively dog Olive skied Old Man's Bowl above Convict lake. Snow coverage and quality are amazing and lots of folks have been out taking advantage of the conditions.

Looking down at Convict Lake and over to the dramatic East Face of Laurel Mountain.

 One nice thing about all the folks out is that there's no need to break trail! Ben and Olive near the top.

Family portrait.

The enormous North Face of Mount Morrison seemed like a stone's throw away.

Ben enjoys the fine powder snow in the upper bowl.

As does Olive!

Ben finds a little more deep snow on the way back.


Just another spectacular day!!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Table Mountain

Anne, Rick and I headed up Table Mountain above Aspendell.

We elected to ski this picturesque run before heading to the top.
Before

After

 Big views on the way up.


Big smiles on the way down.

Quite nice!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Habeggar's

It's been a few years since there's been enough snow to ski up in Habeggar's.

Clearing storm made for great moody light.

Ben lets Olive break trail for a bit.


A view back over to Table Mountain.

The skiing was superb.



By the end of the day the skies cleared allowing for amazing, vibrant views.

Hard to imagine a better first tour of the year!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Trail Trot to Blue Lake

There was more than a touch of fall was in the air as Mary, Bristle and I made our way up to Blue Lake. I ran up and met Mary and Bristle at the lake.

I ran around taking pics before they showed up.


It was way too cold for wet bathing, but sun bathing was pleasant on the flat rock here in this pic.

Heading down we had fine views of the Paiute Crags.

Down down down toward Lake Sabrina.

The change in the weather was invigorating and the magnificent scenery was inspiring. So grand!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Trail Running in the Hills

This cycling season I've made it a point to mix it up and do a little trail running or hiking up in the mountains each week. It's been great cross training and I've loved getting up in the beautiful high country.

The first trip was up to Bluff Lake above the South Fork of Bishop Creek. I did it on a lark, and did not bring a camera - or much food, but I was hooked!

The second outing took me up above Lundy Lake towards Oneida Lake. 

An old powerline to the Lundy mine. 

Looking back down to Lundy Lake.

Next up were the Marie Louise Lakes above South Lake.


 For my rest week I moseyed up to Eastern Brook Trout Lakes with Mary and Bristle.

These lakes are in the popular Rock Creek drainage, but off the beaten path.



 B loved it too.

The next week I headed up to lower Lamarck Lake and the first Wonder Lake from North Lake.

 Lower Lamarck Lake.

The first Wonder Lake.

Today I was joined by my buddy Jim T and we visited Fern Lake above the June Lake Loop.

Had another nice beach, and in fact the entire lake, all to ourselves.





Head to the hills for good health and a happy demeanor!
Smartest "training" decision I've made this year.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Coyote Flat Mountain Bike

This last Saturday Ben, Ann, and I had planned on riding up on Papoose Flat in the Inyo Mountains, but smoke from a fire in the southern Sierra had filtered into that area, so we settled on plan B - driving up to Coyote Flat and riding there.

Ann cruises through one of the stream crossings.

Ben rides some typical road early in the day. A little soft, but not bad.

Our first "mini loop" brought us up off the flat.

To Funnel Lake.

Then back down.

Ben looks over to Sugaloaf.

Our second loop was up near Round Mountain.

We loved the big open views.


Plan B proved to be A ok!