I used to LOVE summer. But, as I get older, I can’t take the months of 100+ degree temps that we get in the Sacramento Valley. When fall finally shows her colors, I get extremely happy! I can go outside and my hair won’t immediately combust!
Last night, clouds started to roll in and with them our first real rain of the season. I thought I’d head out and capture some moments on my ranch in Northern California. Enjoy!
I just got this Panasonic Lumix g7 to ad to my camera collection. I’m just figuring things out with it and still dialing some things in. I hope to take this camera with me on the PCT next year for part 2 of “The Long Ride” which you can see here: The Long Ride
Follow along as sisters, Patsy & Twyla have an adventure in San Francisco.
First we take the Ferry from Vallejo to Pier 41 then we head over and meet some very famous people at Madame Tussauds, then we had a mis-adventure at “The Dungeon” next door. After lunch we head over to the Exploratorium and try our hand at traversing the Tactile dome.
On August 7th of this year, three women decided to take a trip on their horses from Tuolomne Meadows in Yosemite to Donner Summit. The trip was supposed to be 200 miles. However, after day 5, with equipment failures, terrain that is not horse friendly whatsoever, snow, and the extensive time it takes to pack and unpack each day at camp, they fell behind and knew they would be ending the ride for this season sooner than they planned.
Did this discourage them? Heck NO! They are going back next year armed with experience and lessons-learned to continue where they left off. I plan on hiking behind them filming each step of the way.
If you are debating weather to traverse this section of the pct on horseback, take a look at this film.
Three friends, four horses and a lot of guts! These women traversed 76 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite to Kennedy Meadows North. It was a HUGE snow year for the Sierra, and hikers had a difficult time in this very stretch. Some came close to death and one did lose her life. This same stretch on horses is almost impossible. As the PCT is said to be made for horses in mind, in reality it’s not as these women soon found out. The full documentary will be coming soon!
I was supposed to meet up with some lady PCT horse riders in the Sierra for their re-supply but they are two days behind because of snow and down trees in mid August! They are averaging about 7 miles a day. Getting over the passes is slow going for them. Hikers can get around these obstacles a lot easier than horses! They started in Tuolonme Meadows (Yosemite National Park) Aug 7 and was supposed to be at Kennedy Meadows North on Aug 13 (today). That’s not going to happen. So, with my plans for a mountain weekend on hold, I did this instead!
his is a cover song called Barton Hollow by the duo The Civil Wars.
When I decided to tackle a long over-due makeover of my half bath, I decided to save myself a few coins and do it myself! Trouble was…..I had NO idea how to remove a sink, how to take out and replace a toilet, AND I wanted to put up wainscoting! So I do what everyone else on the planet does… I turn to YouTube! There I found a gazillion videos on how to do just about anything and everything in home improvement. My favorite was a channel called “See Jane Drill.” I LOVE her channel. If you are a women who wants to do your own home improvement projects, I highly recommend her channel. She does everything!!!
I have to say the one thing that worried me the most was changing out the light fixture. I really didn’t want to get electrocuted! I turned off the main breaker switch to the house so that there was NO QUESTION as to which switch went to the correct area I was working! After I did that, switching out a light is extremely easy. Home improvement isn’t complicated, but it is hard work!
I hope my little bathroom makeover gives you some ideas and the encouragement to get things done! 🙂
In this episode of Twylaworld, we head to the Peter Grubb hut to deliver some trail magic on mile 1160 of the Pacific Crest Trail. While there, we meet a character long distance hiker that is literally working his way up the trail. We also meet a real thru hiker a hiker who hasn’t skipped any sections (she braved all the high Sierra this year) and is trekking her way North to Canada. We also find a lost day hiker. What a day! Oh and THERE IS SNOW lots and lots of SNOW!
In this episode of Twylaworld, we head up to almost 7000 feet to some nice and refreshing alpine lakes for swimming and toe dipping. It’s 107 degrees in the Sacramento Valley, so it’s time to head up into the Sierra for some cooler temps. The snow is FINALLY starting to disappear!
A six mile round trip hike didn’t sound like a big deal when I looked at the map, but you are going to climb 1633 feed in the three miles in and there are lots of boulder steps to traverse. You will really work for this swim, but its TOTALLY worth it! There are three large lakes that are very close together with a fourth smaller lake that is tucked between the second and third large lake. The second lake is the largest and most popular for backpackers. The water is clear and oh so refreshing!
Take your lunch, swimmin’ britches, sunscreen, bug spray and water. There is a place to filter water along the way if you run out. The views are spectacular and the lakes are crystal clear!
I would consider this hike on the harder side.
I want to go back and camp next time!
Wow what a snow year for the Sierra! As it’s kinda putting a damper on my usual day hikes this summer with crazy water crossings and slushy snow fields, I’m relieved we have the water for our ranch! Take a trip with my husband and I as we fly over the Sierra near Donner Pass at 11 thousand feet in a Cessna 172 SP! We then head over to the coast (San Francisco Bay) where it’s completely fogged in!
The sites of the Sacramento Valley from Sierra to the Coastal Range is pretty awesome!
Today on this episode of Twyla World we take a nice hike from the American River Confluence to the town of Cool. It’s only 6.2 miles round trip, however there is a little of a climb to get out of the canyon. You can make this hike much longer if you do the trails in Cool that loop around back to the trail into the Canyon. AND we met a rather large rattle snake!