Monday, November 19, 2007

Early snow, Late Post

The weekend before last I had an amazing trip in the central sierras. My friend Tim, his girlfriend and I hiked up to about 10,000 feet and camped by a granite lake called emerald lake.

Hiking in, the weather was beautiful. But after the first nights downpour we were thinking we should get out while the gettings' good. I of course led the decision to stay longer and as we decided, the snow started coming down. That snow didn't really stop until 8 o'clock that night.

But when we woke up the sky was clear and brilliant with stars. The snow was thick on our tents and we were a little bit worried as to whether we would be able to find the trail in the morning.

Needless to say we awoke to clear blue skies and crunchy snow at every step. Not only was the snow crunchy but so were our boots, rain jackets, socks, sleeping bags just about everything that could freeze, did.

As we walked the 6 miles out of our campsite we had a renewed view of where we were and we were humbled by the granite peaks that surrounded us. We were on top of the world, even though it almost swallowed us.

Listening to: Townes Van Zandt

More pictures here at flikr


  1. Daren, thanks for sharing your pictures! Awesome! Really made me homesick for the west! Hope you had a good Thanksgiving! Love, Aunt Lois

  2. Dude it has already snowed over here one day and it's gonna start coming down for real soon. That's why I gotta get back to the SC pronto. I'll be in the area from Dec. 19th - 29th! We gotta catch up, BBQ, and drink some home-made brewskies.

    Glad to see that you're getting in your nature time. Miss you guys!