Sunday, August 22, 2010

Hoofing It In The Eastern Sierra

Last weekend was supposed to be a backpacking trip to the beautiful Minaret Lake deep in the Ansel Adams Wilderness near the Mammoth Lakes. But our trip leader had to back out due to health problems so the backcountry excursion turned into one where a high school buddy of mine and I chased waterfalls (plus a lake that yielded a waterfall I didn't expect to see).

Most of the waterfalls chased were oldies like Twin Falls, Rainbow Falls, Lower Falls, and Horsetail Falls. However, on our moderately strenuous hike to Shadow Lake, we saw a surprise waterfall I called "Shadow Falls" since I didn't know its name.

In addition to chasing waterfalls and a lake, we also spent a few hours amongst some of the oldest living organisms on earth in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. It was an intriguing excursion that yielded nice photographs as well as a chance to see the distinctive trees that neither of us had never seen before.

This trip was like John Muir once said.

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."

No question that was the case once again...

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