Another weekend adventure starting off with a long bike ride into unchartered territory (... I mean with my bike anyway...) This time I wanted to ride through Bollinger canyon... which I thought I saw someone do on strava recently... but I certainly didn't make it. After hopping a fence and passing numerous no trespassing signs, a man on horseback finally caught up to me to tell me that I was trespassing... the ride was quite flat after that, but it was really quite meditative. Listening to my new favorite podcast Snap Judgement... I rode through the heat past fields of almonds, pumpkins, cows, wildflowers... past a RC airport, dirt tracks, several paintball courses, over Altamont Pass, thorugh Manteca and into Oakdale... where I saw some folks kayaking below. Sounds like a fun canoe run. http://cacreeks.com/stan-oak.htm Next time?
After a burrito stop in Manteca, I met up with Kim and Kai in Oakdale at a shopping center with a thrift store and an awesome new Vietnamese restaurant. And after another hour + of driving we were in the valley, in upper pines, site 130!
|it was HOT! at 7 pm it felt like it was in the high 80s...|
|Going for a stroll after dinner|
|and testing out the new flash for my NEX!!!|
|We went to bed a bit early... but Dylan and Kat rolled in around 2 am. We weren't gonna stay up for them...|
|Kai, ready to drive up to Glacier Point...|
|We stopped at Tunnel View on the way.|
|On our way to Taft Point to eat lunch...|
|alpine lilies, monkshood, with some mountain violet?|
|After lunch, we hiked back to the car, and Kimbo dropped Dylan, Kat & I off at Glacier Point.|
|to hike down the valley|
|two miles in, and this guy was overheating, got blisters, and was dying...|
|Liberty cap with nevada fall... site of many deaths. Tourons... stop swimming in Emerald Pools!|
our route above
|Got back, and found these two splashing around in the merced|
|when we got back, Kai's friend Kenji had arrived ready to zoom around the campground with their trucks...|
|We decided to go on a short ride around the park... Kimbo is blocking Kai in this pic...|
|This is basically what these kiddos did all weekend...|
|After an awesome dinner of steaks & sausages by Dylan & Kat, we all called it a night. The next morning these kiddos were still playing with their cars...|
|Don't know who is driving...|
After breakfast, we did another bike ride around the valley. Kimbo, Kai & I on the tandem. Dylan on his bike, and Kat on my road bike. We went up to Mirror Lake... then we stopped at Sentinel Bridge for a dip and cruised back to get back on the road.