For a couple of years now,I’ve been sailing around the world…..from my couch! I’ve been obsessed with a few YouTuber channels called Sailing LaVagabonde, SV Delos, Gone with the Wynns, among a few others have taught me all sorts of sailing jargon and terminology not to mention I get to visit places I’d probably never see in my life (in person).
I can tell you what “taking a reef” means… or What a Spinnaker is… or the difference between a Ketch and a Sloop and a slew of other random sailing facts.. but I’ve NEVER stepped foot onto a sail boat – EVER – in my whole entire life until last weekend!
I was nervous , excited, afraid I would puke (drugs worked) and I waited for two whole months for this day to arrive! Would I do it again??? HELL YES! So, here we go on my first sail from Richmond CA to Angel Island and around the San Francisco Bay thanks to “Captain Ed” who graciously took a group of six out for a glorious day on the bay!
The Sierra Buttes lookout tower was originally perched on top of this rock at 9000ft back in 1915! Can you believe it?
Over the years the original wooden structure was replaced by concrete and metal. In 1964 the crazy STRAIGHT UP stairs were put in place.
How the workers got up to the lookout before the stairs is beyond me as I can’t find any information or pictures of this lookout tower back in the old days!
If anyone has info and pics, please share!!!
This tower has been decommissioned and again, I can’t find any information on when they stopped using it. I guess I could call the Forest Service!
Anyway, this is a MUST DO hike. However… if you are afraid of heights, or have vertigo, you might not want to go all the way up on the crazy stairs. They are steep and I really had to concentrate on my footing and not look behind me as I went up! Going down wasn’t as scary.
This wonderful trail in the Northern California Sierra, with abundant spectacular views is a must-do if you traverse around Donner Summit. The trail starts on the PCT just down the road from Donner Ski Ranch. You then take the Mount Judah loop trail from the PCT. Don’t forget to hike up to the summit of Donner Peak while on your way around and look out the “window” onto Donner Lake! WOW!
Even if I’m doing an easy 5 miler in the high country, I always carry the 10 essentials and MORE! After having to almost spend the night in the high country completely unprepared after a short little hike to a lookout tower, I learned a hard lesson! I know carry items to sustain me in the wilderness for a couple of nights until help arrives.
Disclaimer: This is what I carry. You may have different ideas! I’d love to hear them!
Here is the link to the fiasco I was involved in a couple of years ago where I almost had to spend the night in the freezing cold!
Emergency Bivvy Bag: https://amzn.to/2ykuwyS
Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter: https://amzn.to/2tbtCyV
Small Gerber Knife: https://amzn.to/2t0wTlz
Light folding Saw: https://amzn.to/2HSFVWj
Tyvek Sheet: https://amzn.to/2HSVIo6
Personal Locator Beacon: https://amzn.to/2HRqIos
Bug Head Net: https://amzn.to/2lbOtyv
Anker Charging Station (20,000 mil Amp) https://amzn.to/2l9Nwa5
Butt pad: https://amzn.to/2t1aS5Y
Cooling towel: https://amzn.to/2LPw2Lt
GPS Navigation that I use with my phone:
Loney Meadow and Bowman Mountain are located in the Northern Sierra in Nevada County California. This 8 mile look is abundant with spectacular views, wildflowers, old growth pine forests and is probably in my top 3 favorite places to hike!
Here is the link to where we hiked.
Bridgeport in Nevada County California is a hidden gem of Northern California! If you are into gold rush history, you are gonna LOVE this place! Just up Hwy 20 near Penn Valley, you can make a day of meandering the hills on the various hiking trails, looking at the cool historical exhibits, swim in the river and have a nice family outing!
It just costs $5.00 to park! What a deal!
And the best part is the awesome covered bridge that is the largest standing covered bridge in the world!
Alex and I have been going to Yosemite for many years during the fall. The crowds are gone, the colors are amazing and we can camp right in the Valley with pretty much last minute reservations! We have NEVER been there in the Winter.
So this time, Alex (my hard working husband) treated us to a room at the Yosemite Falls Hotel for two nights in the Valley… a little pricey, but way worth it in the Winter.
Chains were required unless you have 4 wheel drive with snow tires.
And Yosemite didn’t disappoint! We got a show of epic proportions! I wish we could have stayed longer, but at 288.00 a night, well, yeah… you get the picture.
OH And make this video FULL SCREEN! You need to see this BIG!
WOW.. it’s been a pretty lame winter here in California. Not like last year! We finally got a little powder in the Sierra, so we took advantage of the winter wonderland! Let’s go for a walk in some white stuff!
Here is the link to the hike we took.
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