California

Visiting Yosemite in Autumn

Before the winter weather would leave us housebound for three months here in the Midwest, my family and I decided to take one last trip out west, to visit Yosemite National Park, right before Thanksgiving. We were in northern California to visit family and wanted to take the short trip to the Sierras to see one of our favorite National Parks. It was the first time any of us had ever visited Yosemite in the off season. It was so different in fact, that I wanted to share my photos as well as my overall impression of Yosemite in autumn…

3 Amazing Hikes near Los Angeles, California

This week’s post comes from guest post writer Paul McCormin from Active Authorities, a website built by people passionate about outdoor activities, who believe that experiencing the outdoors is one of the many joys of life. Nestled between the San Gabriel Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Los Angeles is an exciting area to explore the outdoors. For those seeking adventure, stepping foot outside the city’s boundaries promises thrilling experiences. If you are taking a trip to Los Angeles, I highly encourage considering adding hikes to your itinerary; southern California is home to some beautiful trails. Since…

Reviewing Best Western High Sierra Hotel – Mammoth Lakes, CA

  Best Western High Sierra Hotel – Mammoth Lakes, CA GRADING Overall Score: B Staff: C Room: B Amenities: B Recommended?: Yes PROS                                Nice room Great breakfast CONS Slower wifi Leaky shower curtain Problem with charges at checkout   High up at 7,880 feet, Mammoth Lakes is a beacon for both skiers and hikers alike, aspiring to embrace the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains. For my family and I, it was the starting and end point of a hike to Thousand Island Lake (read about my hike here). We chose to stay here at the Best Western High Sierra Hotel…

Backpacking to Thousand Island Lake

Southeast of Yosemite National Park, nestled deep within the Ansel Adams Wilderness in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, there is a lake with many islands. Thousand Island Lake, or Islet Lake as John Muir called it, is all that remains of a glacier that once stood in its place. Behind the lake are Banner Peak, reaching 12,942 feet in elevation and Mount Ritter slightly behind Banner Peak, topping out at 13,149 feet. Scattered throughout the lake are small islands, some connected and some not; this is how Thousand Island Lake got its name. What follows is my…