It was a big pile of poop. Fresh. And there is only one animal in the redwood forests of Northern California that could produce it; the black bear. Of course black bears rarely bother humans, unless a mother with cubs is surprised by people suddenly appearing in her neighborhood. So naturally we immediately started loudly … Continue reading Big Trees, Spotted Slugs, and Big Scat
The Delight of High Alpine Meadows
When you are hiking at or above tree line, where the vegetation is minimal and the terrain is often rocky, the pleasure of coming across a verdant patch of green, nourished by a clear cold spring, is as satisfying a hiking experience as I have ever experienced. The trail to South Gate Meadows on the … Continue reading The Delight of High Alpine Meadows
The Shasta Trinity Wilderness: Full of Surprises
We were descending the Clear Creek Trail at 8,000 ft, near the tree line, on the south slope of Mt Shasta. I watched the shadow of a large bird trace across an open area devoid of trees and looked up to see a bald eagle soar upslope. It was a warm, clear day and the … Continue reading The Shasta Trinity Wilderness: Full of Surprises
Lassen; the Under-Appreciated National Park
After sheltering-in-place for three months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with travel restrictions severely limiting our trailer camping excursions, the San Mateo Public Health Department eased up and we made our first trip this summer. Lassen Volcanic National Park was our destination; healthy forests, challenging peaks, and fascinating geology just a five hour drive from … Continue reading Lassen; the Under-Appreciated National Park
Swimming With Whales, Tonga Style
(Disclaimer: this post is not about an “electric travel” but what we experienced was certainly “electrifying”! So there.)There are only two places in the world that I am aware of where it is legal to get in the water with whales and you have a very good chance of seeing them up close underwater; in … Continue reading Swimming With Whales, Tonga Style
Why I Like New Zealand
To close out my series of posts about our three weeks on the North Island, here is my list of what I like about New Zealand, from the most fundamental to the “Oh that’s nice” experiences
To Kitekite Falls on a Manicured Track to Protect the Kauri
In the modern world of 7.7 billion humans, and growing, sometimes we have to make beautiful wild places slightly less wild to protect and preserve them for future generations to enjoy.
A Giant Dune and a Massive Tree
We started the day with a plan to hike the Te Henga Walkway along the coast near Bethell. And then of course, stuff happened...
Piha Beach Walking: Wind, Sand, and Surf
Surely this is one of the most scenic beaches in the world...
Hiking With the Kiwis in the Waitakere Ranges
No, we didn’t see any Kiwi birds, but we did have fortuitous encounter with a friendly bunch of Aucklanders at the start of the Comans Track.