At Rae Lakes

When we were hiking along the PCT/JMT in 2010, as I came across the beautiful basin of Rae Lakes, I was struck with a tinge of remorse that we couldn't take the time to spend an entire day or days or weeks at this magical high sierra playground - but we needed to get up and over Mt Whitney before running entirely out of food.  Last June I had the opportunity to return to Rae Lakes and we spent a couple nights there - watching the granite change colors during the course of the day and encouraging each other to plunge into the frigid lakes as often as we could.

gettin' into the water...

We all swam to one of the islands in this lake.

The boys were totally exhausted from our elevation gain the day before.


headlands hikes: along coyote ridge

my local path to the pacific along coyote ridge trail 
in golden gate national recreation area

tuesday night boys hike earlier in the year when the days were long...

gazing west

group selfie atop the high point of coyote ridge

the boys atop the WWII bunker at tennessee valley beach overlook

view of mt. tamalpais from the miwok trail

lil' whiskey on our "training hike" at the western edge of the continent

nighttime at muir beach overlook

mt tam hikes

view of san francisco from atop mt. tamalpais

back in the season when days were long and there was plenty of time to go on a sunset hike after work...

zeb took this beautiful photo of the sky.


looking west from east peak of mt tam with lake bon tempe in the distance

another evening, another hike with chris down the path

and andreas, visiting from boston

boys and dog atop mt tam

a clear day reveals the farrallon islands out in the Pacific.


a walk in andrew molera park, big sur

from april, before this Summer's Soberanes Fire

dan, zeb and jamie  - celebrating dan's bday

San Gregorio Beach

gathering for sunset at san gregorio beach in april


Steep Ravine

One of my favorite places...

The rocks exposed around the hot springs hearken back to the winter months...

cairns and bodies

Bolinas beckons from across the water and across the divide between continental plates.

yet another beautiful sunset on the pacific

at the drinking water spring

Stacey scares up the gulls at Stinson Beach.


Magical Sunset in the San Francisco Bay

Captain Marcelo gazes at the colors.  The water in the San Francisco Bay is never this flat!  Since the wind died, the sailing was not good, but the beautiful reflections in the water more than compensated on this warm April evening last Spring.

Reflections of the sky in the water...

Some kaleidoscopes from the reflections...