Archive for May, 2010

Fish Creek, Anza Borrego Desert

May 9, 2010 11:39 pm
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Entrance to Fish Creek

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This is the 2nd day of our stay in the Anza Borrego Desert.    Today we drove out of Coyote Canyon,  attempted to find “The Slot” and ended up taking the wrong turn and Vic#2′s trusty suby just couldn’t make it up the steep, dirt road.

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Photo doesn’t give this hill justice. It was steep with huge dips and very loose dirt. Unfortunately, the suby just couldn’t conquer this hill.

We ended up just leaving the car at the bottom of the hill and hiked in to find “The Slot”.   Once we got to the top of the hill, we were greeted by insane winds.  Strong enough to hold you up while leaning against it.

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Vic#2 and Fredrik leaning against the wind.

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The wind was really kicking our butts and we decided to skip this part of the trip and to use the rest of our time finding a spot for us to camp out for the night and to explore Fish Creek.

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Driving into Fish Creek

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Entering the Split Mountain area/Fish Creek

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Vic#2 fixing the stabilizer bar that came loose from all the off-roading.

Meanwhile, as Vic#2 is trying to fix his suspension…you can’t really ignore all the things to see around the area…

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After agreeing on a safe spot to camp, we only had a couple of hours of sunlight left to explore the area and hiked our way up into the wind caves.

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James & Fredrik at the Wind Caves trailhead.

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View of the Elephant Knees right before getting to the Wind Caves.

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Wind Caves with the elephant knees in the background

I’m glad we skipped the first “hike” of the day because we probably would’ve missed the sunset from this spot…

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View of Fish Creek. Sunset colors painted this beautiful desert landscape

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Yea, no color for this one =P

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Elephant Knees. Sunset colors painted this beautiful desert landscape.

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The last of the sun's rays making the desert glow.

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The last of the sun's rays making the desert glow.

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The clouds were also giving us a show that evening.

More photos from the hike:

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Cold Weekendin Yosemite Pt.2

May 3, 2010 3:53 pm
20100403_Yosemite_0020.jpgFirst glimpse of the park as you approach from the West entrance.

It’s been almost a month since I posted the first blog about the Yosemite weekend.  This post will go over the remainder of that weekend.

The original plan for this trip was to drive into the park Friday night, wake up early Saturday morning, backpack and and spend the night in Little Yosemite Valley, hike out, and go home Sunday.  With the stormy weather this just wasn’t the easiest thing to do.  Going to the visitor center should always be one of the first stops when entering the park to get current trail conditions and get the latest information from the park officials.  Due to the recent storm, the Mist Trail has been closed due to dangerous conditions, but part of the John Muir Trail is open, although the higher sections of the trail had lots of ice and snow along the trail making bits of the hike quite difficult and very dangerous.  With this information, we decided not to backpack to Yosemite Valley but instead find a spot in Camp 4, and go on the original route as a day hike instead.

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The group having lunch at Clark Point.  We turned around from this point since the trail to the top of Vernal Falls was closed off.  Plus the higher we got in elevation, the snow was just harder to hike through.
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Ning & I

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Ning maneuvering her way down one of the many switchbacks dangerously covered with ice.
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Recently fallen tree blocking the trail with debris all over.

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View of the Yosemite Falls from the trail.

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View of Half Dome from the middle of the Valley

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El Capitan and Half dome towering over the valley.

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View of Yosemite Falls from the Valley floor.

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