• Bodie Ghost Town in California

    Bodie Ghost Town in California

    Taking the long way back from a visit to Lake Tahoe, we drove over the Sierra Nevada to my beloved 395. The day unplanned I suggested we visit Bodie. I hope the pictures do this little adventure back in time some justice! I’ve never been to such a living museum. Many of the buildings are how they

  • Winter camping in Yosemite National Park

    Winter camping in Yosemite National Park

    Yosemite Valley to Merced Lake 14 miles / 23 km (three nights of winter camping) 28-31 December 2014 It was two days after Christmas. Full of eggnog we drove to Yosemite National Park and stayed at the infamous climbing campground, Camp 4. Unfortunately I didn’t wake up the next day with magical climbing powers just from sleeping there. Our plan

  • Wading Zion ice, November in the Narrows

    Wading Zion ice, November in the Narrows

    Chamberlain Ranch to the Temple of Sinawava 26 kilometres / overnight hike with permit There are some adventures that stand out above others. It could be close or far from home, a funny experience, a scary moment, unforgettable weather or something personally significant. Walking down The Narrows in November stands out to me for being completely

  • Beyond Angel’s Landing, evading holiday hiking hordes

    Beyond Angel’s Landing, evading holiday hiking hordes

    Thanksgiving and the crowds in many state and national parks are going to be inflated, but there are still ways to find seclusion and serenity… After a hoodoo hike and camping in Bryce National Park we drove to Zion National Park on the Friday morning after Thanksgiving. I’d visited Zion twice with family and was excited to see

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Sunset and sunrise on Telescope Peak

Telescope Peak  3,366m (11,043 feet) Via Mahogany Flat Trailhead (15/16 November 2014) Distance: Trailhead to summit and return: 22.5km (14 miles)Elevations: 2479m (8,133 feet) from trailhead to 3,366m (11,043 feet) summit. After exploring Death Valley our Subaru puttered up to Wildrose Road, enroute to Mahogany Flat Trailhead for Telescope Peak. At the trailhead we packed for an overnight hike, leaving casually around 2.30pm. I

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The game well under way

Ice hockey, it’s just not cricket

I was in a canyon filled with people, pokies on one side, restaurants on the other, flowing toward the arena in the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” A man in a purple robe with a plastic crown leads the chant, directed at two vastly outnumbered people in Colorado Avalanche jerseys, bobbing along in a river

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