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Whitewater rafting on the American River

Whitewater rafting on the American River

September 3, 2017  The Plan: Whitewater rafting trip on the South Fork of the American River.   Some 12 years ago or so, Shannon took an incredible travel-trailer trip with her family from Reno up through Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks and then up to Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. I couldn’t get the time off of work to join them on the three-week venture and am still kind of bummed that I missed it. Another time perhaps….

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Mount Whitney

Mount Whitney

Aug. 11, 2017   The Plan: Reach the summit of Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous 48 states at 14,505 feet. A few years ago, Shannon and I took the kids on a trip to Southern California via Highway 395 south out of Reno. This is one of the great drives in America, running north-south along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada. From Reno headed south, you run through the awesome Walker River canyon, can pop over…

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Backtracking: The Sierra Buttes, via the Pacific Crest Trail

Backtracking: The Sierra Buttes, via the Pacific Crest Trail

Aug. 13, 2016 The plan: The lookout atop the Sierra Buttes in the Plumas National Forest. There’s a few routes here from different places. We were camping at Sardine Lake for the weekend with friends and decided to attack it from the Packer Lake saddle, near the top of the famed mountain bike trail that heads into Downieville.   I have been homebrewing for more than five years now and thoroughly enjoy the hobby, especially from a creativity standpoint. As…

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Lakes Basin Loop

Lakes Basin Loop

July 16, 2016 The plan: Lakes Basin Loop outside of Graeagle, Calif., starting at the Round Lake trailhead, connection with the Pacific Crest Trail and looping back via near Mud Lake/Long Lake. Approximately eight miles and 1,500 feet of elevation gain.   After the Mt. Elwell hike that Shannon and I did back in June, I had been itching to get back up to the Plumas National Forest and the Lakes Basin area. This had been on the to-do list…

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Mount Elwell

Mount Elwell

  June 30, 2016. The plan: The Mount Elwell peak in Plumas National Forest, near Graeagle, Calif. Some 14 years ago, Shannon and I both said “I do” on a nice piece of earth overlooking Lake Tahoe. It sure seems like we’re usually in Oregon each year for our anniversary on our usual camping trip or visiting friends in Bend, but we weren’t leaving this year for another day or so. The in-laws agreed to take the kids for the…

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