Friday, September 13, 2019

Thirteenth trip to Lake Ediza

We ended the summer with our 13th annual backpacking trip to Ediza’s namesake, Lake Ediza. It was one of the prettiest times we’ve been there — everything was green and lush with clear skies and not that many mosquitoes.

We spent four nights camping — two nights at our “base camp” and the other two up above the lake. Yes, backpacking with kids (more specifically, a recently-turned 4-year-old and nearly 13-year-old) is a lot of work. But not only can it be done, it can actually be fun and rewarding. 

After leaving the trail, we continued our adventure on the gondola to the top of Mammoth Mountain. We walked around the mountain’s 11,053-foot summit, visited its interpretive center (where Gus got to pet different animal furs) and we ate our first non-dehydrated meal at its cafe. It was good to end the summer on a literal high note.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Unusual meats and cool caves

Our summer adventures have taken us from cities to the mountains. On a trip to Mammoth, we passed through Yosemite and had to wait an hour in the car at the entrance station. That reminds me:

Ediza and Gus enjoying a hike in Mammoth.
Some other travel pieces from this summer include:

We recently passed by Moaning Caverns on our way to Utica Reservoir. What made this camping trip different was we took kayaks out to camp on an island! Here’s a photo of us hauling our gear back to the boat launch. 

Friday, May 10, 2019