The Best Photography Spots Along the High Sierra Trail

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The Best Photography Spots Along the High Sierra Trail Sequoia National Park, California When I’m backpacking, I usually enjoy doing little-to-no work once I’ve reached and set up camp. Because of this, there were times during my once-in-a-lifetime High Sierra trip where I didn’t even go out and shoot during the golden hours, usually using […]

Mt Whitney: the Tallest Peak in the Lower US

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Mt Whitney: the Tallest Peak in the Lower US Sequoia National Park, California Standing only 84.6 miles from Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park, which is the lowest point in North America (-282 feet), Mt Whitney is the highest mountain in the contiguous United States at 14,505 feet – a whopping 14,787 foot difference! […]

Planning for the High Sierra Trail

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Planning for the High Sierra Trail Sequoia National Park, California I would argue that planning for the High Sierra Trail was more difficult than the hike itself… Permits First off, permits are absolutely required for the High Sierra Trail and although they’re said to be easier to obtain than permits for the John Muir Trail, […]

The History of the High Sierra Trail

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The History of the High Sierra Trail Sequoia National Park, California (*Most of the information was gleaned from a video (below) by Bill Twead, a former park ranger.) History of the High Sierra Trail – The High Sierra Trail is a spectacular 72 mile trek across the famed Sierra Nevada mountain range in California, arguably […]

Sunrise at the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

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Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes Death Valley National Park, California The Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes – Contrary to people’s preconceived idea of a desert, less than one percent of Death Valley National Park is actually covered in sand dunes throughout five different locations. For sand dunes to exist, it takes a supply of sand, strong winds, and then […]

Titus Canyon & Red Pass

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Titus Canyon & Red Pass Death Valley National Park, California Once again, having not done enough research, I ended up at another ranger station in Stovepipe Wells asking the ranger “if you were to pick one place in the park, where would you go right now?” “Titus Canyon… well if you have a high-clearance vehicle.” […]

The Golden Canyon & Gower Gulch Loop

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The Golden Canyon & Gower Gulch Loop Death Valley National Park, California I usually do a little more research, but for some reason I went into my Death Valley trip pretty unprepared so on our first day, I stopped into the ranger station and simply asked, “If you had time to do one hike, and […]

Badwater Basin Salt Flats

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Badwater Basin Salt Flats Death Valley National Park, California Covering nearly 200 square miles, Badwater Basin is home to the largest protected body of salt flats in the entire world and at 282 feet below sea level, it’s the lowest point in North America.* These seemingly endless salt flats are always changing – “The source […]

Sunset at Zabriskie Point

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Sunset at Zabriskie Point Death Valley National Park, California With a beautiful panoramic view over the golden badlands of the Furnace Creek Formation, Zabriskie Point is one of the more popular spots and most visited areas within Death Valley National Park. The vista was built by the Pacific Coast Borax Company in the 1920s and […]

Death Valley National Park

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Death Valley National Park California “In 1849 emigrants bound for California’s gold fields strayed into the 120-mile long basin, enduring a two-month ordeal of “hunger and thirst and an awful silence.” One of the last to leave looked down from a mountain at the narrow valley and said, “Good-bye, Death Valley.”” – National Geographic Straddling […]

Another American Southwest Road Trip: 2017 Edition

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Another American Southwest Road Trip 2017 Edition Another American Southwest Road Trip – Within the Grand Canyon lies Havasu Falls; An oasis of turquoise blue waterfalls within the vastness of the deep desert canyon. The location has become extremely, extremely popular with hikers and photographers flocking to it’s beauty. And since not seeing images of the […]

Yosemite Falls – Yosemite National Park

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Yosemite Falls Yosemite National Park, California For the better part of two days, we had been listening to Yosemite Falls roaring into the Merced River. Upper Yosemite Falls is 1,430 feet high and alone, it’s one of the twenty highest waterfalls in the world. Paired with the middle cascades (series of 5 small plunges combined […]

Nevada Falls – Yosemite National Park

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Nevada Falls Yosemite National Park, California With the Mist Trail closed for recovery operations, we decided to continue on to Nevada Falls along the John Muir Trail, thoughts of the accident slowly dissipated with each step. Even without knowing the details yet, the accident really put things into perspective for us. We weren’t exactly planning on […]

Vernal Falls – Yosemite National Park

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Tragedy at Vernal Falls Yosemite National Park, California After standing in line for most of the morning to get our campsite at Camp 4, we didn’t have anything remotely resembling a plan for our visit Yosemite National Park. We had talked to some other people in line at Camp 4 and decided to hike up part […]

Camp 4 – Yosemite National Park

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Camp 4 Yosemite National Park, California Yosemite National Park is one of the jewels of the American parks system, boasting 3.7 million visitors per year, most of which (about 90%) spend all their time in Yosemite Valley gazing up at the towering cliffs and gushing waterfalls. Under the shadows of Eagle Peak 3,780 feet above, I […]

Big Sur, California

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Big Sur, California Rolling into the actual ‘town’ of Big Sur caught me off-guard. Based on the 1,000 year-round residents, I was in no way expecting a booming metropolis, but I did expect some sort of organized coastal town that are common down the shore. I saw a combo gas station / general store (that […]

Nepenthe Cafe – Big Sur

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Nepenthe Cafe and Restaurant Big Sur, California Sitting drinking a Sierra Nevada staring out over the shimmering Pacific 800 feet below, I thought to myself, “What $167 would get me today – something of real value?” I couldn’t really think of too much –especially since I had a $6.50  beer sitting in front of me. […]

 
 
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