Peak Bagging- My 2018 year in Review

As I was training for a big Pacific Crest Trail section hike, I decided to see how many mountains I could get to the top of! The section hike was cancelled because of forest fires, so I continued to climb peaks. I hope to climb even more peaks next year! I have new goals!

 

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What a Jacked Up Summer!!!

It’s been a horrible summer for a lot of people in California. Many homes lost, firefighters killed, thousands evacuated for days on end. My big PCT adventure is on hold as the smoke has choked out the Sierra and the Valley and my ranch!  I’m so over summer….

 

The Long Ride

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.

A Rough Ride on the Pacific Crest Trail

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!

PCT Re-Supply a Bust, so I did this Instead!

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.

Enjoy!

 

Winter Wonderland in JULY! What? And a lost Hiker!

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!

 

Taking our little bird to 11,500 feet!

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!

 

God’s Medicine – Why I Hike

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The Mountains are Good for the Soul

Weather you get out in the wilderness for a day or several months, Mother Nature is the best thing you can do to heal your soul.   Even if you are physically unable to hike as I do, take a drive in your car to a serene lake and just chill for a while!  You need this, trust me!

I’ve needed some healing for a long time. I needed to let go of the past and start living in the NOW. I’ve always been drawn to the mountains and the wilderness. It’s my cheap therapy. When I go into the mountains, I’m away from TV, away from social media, away from my cell phone, away from the noise of people, away from all of the bad news and trouble in the world.

I hike up to 8000 feet. My feet hurt,  my legs hurt. Do I care?  No.  I relish the pain. I know this pain is only temporary and it’s the emotional pain that I’m forever releasing as I hike. With each step, I’m letting go of the past. I’m letting go of any guilt or hard lessons I hold onto. I’m letting go of a lot of baggage.  I listen to the music of the trees, the wind, the chirping insects and the sounds of running creeks.  These things are gifts to us from God.

Sitting in a mountain meadow with just the sounds of the Earth, my mind calms and reflects. I remember good times and forget all the pain. I reflect on some of the mistakes I’ve made and turn them into learning experiences so that I can move on. I think of all of the people that have come and gone in my life.  I think of the possible people that I have yet to meet.  I smile.    I heal.

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