John and I went out to climb some desert peaks in the Mojave.
For our holiday trip to Albuquerque, NM, we decided to drive from the southwestern corner of California to Albuquerque without using any freeways. According to Google Maps that added about 100 miles and 3.5 hours driving time.
On Friday evening Marisa, Quinn, Srisuda and I met at Gray’s Meadow’s campground west of the town of Independence in preparation for a 3 day / 2 night backpacking hike starting from Onion Valley. Our first trip to this area was in 2011.
For a while my lab friend Byron had been planning an overnight backpack on San Gorgonio. After staying later in lab Friday than anticipated, I realized that the Sierras were out of reach for the weekend and I would need different plans to get me outside. With tentative peak bagging with John and Uwe onContinue reading “San Gorgonio Overnight August 31”
We scheduled a San Gorgonio day hike from South Fork and during the preparations I learned that the lake levels for Dry and Dollar Lakes where as high as they hadn’t been in years. Since I had never seen Dollar Lake with water Srisuda and I decided to make it an overnight hike with aContinue reading “San Gorgonio with Dollar Lake Camp”
In 1995, the year after we got our Gen 2 Toyota 4Runner, we did the famous White Rim Trail in summer. It was brutally hot and we spent a lot of the day time hanging out in the shade, limiting travel to early morning and evening. So when Jack suggested this bike ride for AprilContinue reading “White Rim Trail, 10-12 April 2019 (by Uwe)”
JACK DEFRANCO ADVENTURE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS: The Canyonlands National Park White Rim 100 Mile Mountain Bike Ride
Last weekend Kevin suggested to go up to the Sierra for a quick 1-night backpacking trip. Initially I balked at the 300 miles driving each way, but then his enthusiasm got me exited and I signed up for it.
After hiking for 7 days straight it was time for a little more relaxed approach. We spent a day with a friend’s kids exploring a little water fall, hanging out by a fishing pond and balancing on a fallen tree trunk. The next day we went to the ranger station and got a 3 dayContinue reading “3 Easy Days in Desolation Wilderness”
Our original adventure was to be the epic Tahoe-to-Yosemite hike, one attempted by less than 10 people per year. The Donnell Lake fire which started August 1, and continues to burn 36,350 acres, destroyed over 21 miles of our 180-mile hike. For plan B we reverted to a modified series of loops through the DesolationContinue reading “7 Day Wilderness Adventure”