California

Backpacking to Lovely Loch Leven Lakes

  “How much longer? Are we almost there?” The familiar refrain from our godchildren came, not in a car, but in the Sierra wilderness, as they shouldered heavy backpacks and bent toward the granite formations as we neared the summit, having gained 1,000 feet of elevation in about 2  miles. We struck out late on … Continue reading »

Barging in on Big Bear Lake

The San Bernardino mountains offer a multitude of recreational opportunities for the huge populace of the Los Angeles basin. A short drive up Hwy 330 transports you from dry, desert environs to a high alpine wonderland. Big Bear Lake, at 6,750 feet, is a popular place in winter, at the base of a small ski … Continue reading »

The Maiden Voyage of the Little Red Canoe

On the Hike From Hell(hole) (http://ingasadventures.com/2009/07/13/the-worst-backpacking-trip-ever/) Steve and I resolved to get a canoe, harkening back to the good memories we had of paddling on the Yukon River last summer and eschewing further backpacking trips. Now she was on top of the car, the maiden voyage of the little red canoe beginning with a road trip … Continue reading »

Sampling Fine Wines in Napa Valley

There are about 400 wineries in picturesque Napa Valley, with neat rows of vines punctuated by lovely wineries, some built in the chateau style, others in mission style, some gleaming and modern, all with a back story of the owner’s passion for the grape. Sparkling tasting rooms provide a glimpse into the zeal of the … Continue reading »