Monday, July 13, 2009

A Day in the Eastern Sierra

On Sunday my kids and I went to the Twin Lakes area in California to visit their grandmother. We each brought our cameras and went on a hike.


We wanted to share some of the pictures we took.


We did a little rock climbing...




There were lots of critters...





Lots of trees and water...










I've been coming to this spot since I was a child every summer for thirty-some years now. Each year we find more people, more vehicles, more trash, and more destruction. Here is an argument for why some people need to keep their kids on leashes...



20 comments:

Reddunappy said...

Beautiful pics. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun. I cant wait until my older kids come home to visit.

Ya we were disgusted and upset when the vietnamese came into where we hunt and camp, to cut bear grass, and leave toilet paper a feces all along a creek bank!! and the messes they leave where they camp!! should be outlawed!!The Forest Service is so shorthanded that there isnt anything they can do.

fernvalley01 said...

Looks like a great day , too bad about those people out there who are destructive , they don't seem to realise the damage they do is permanent . There are so few natural areas left in this world , we should all be protecting them with the same fervor we protect other endagered species.

KD said...

I really liked the photos and commentary. I'd like to do more hiking. It was sad to see the trees defaced.

Mary Olson said...

So beautiful until I got to the tree carvings. That's pretty sad. It's frustrating that so many people just don't get it.

Once Upon an Equine said...

Nice pictures. Beautiful butterflies. Looks like a lovely hiking area. I too hate to see junk carved into tree trunks. Facebook is for scribbles like that, not tree trunks. Glad you had a nice time. Weather looked good too.

manker said...

memories of magic

gp

Paint Girl said...

It is so beautiful there! Reminds me alot of here, with the water and trees! Loved all your pictures!
Kids, why they have to carve up trees and do the things they do! I will never understand.

Simon said...

I seriously frown on damage to the environment. Why don't these people get it?! Disgusting behaviour!

Although back to your blog, great shots! You did well to convey how idyllic it sounds.

TCavanaugh said...

Awesome pictures. I don't understand why humans have to be so destructive. Sorry your childhood area was defaced.

sue said...

you live in a beautiful part of the country... I have to (often) remind myself, that there are other places than New England :-) and there is land beyond Vermont.... someday maybe I well see that part of the world... thank you for sharing the pics, there were wonderful!!!!!!!

Shirley said...

Thanks for the lovely photos, that stream is just beautiful! So nice to see that your kids get out and enjoy nature.

allhorsestuff said...

Lovely and gorgeous views fromt he cabins there! I am sighing relief for you to get there again..sorry for the tree grafiti!
Funny shots of your kids-taking shots!
Kacy w/Wa mare~

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

Beautiful scenery!

I hate finding garbage, but the graffiti theory is interesting. People travel from all over to look at Native American "graffiti" and I know of a couple of different areas where it is very interesting to go look at the graffiti left from Custer's Calvary as they passed through the Black Hills. Another area in Grand Junction has flat rocks that people carve in and you can find names and dates that go back a hundred years.
While I don't advocate defacing nature-especially with profanity, I do think it is interesting how the passing of time can turn something that is considered an eyesore now into a historical reference.

Abe Lincoln said...

You really did get some very nice photographs.

Andrea said...

It's so beautiful up there! The green trees and mountains. You guys got some beautiful pictures! I love the butterfly one with the flowers! Gorgeous!

I often wonder why people even take the time to carve words like that. At least if they are going to do it, have it be a word like LOVE or PEACE. It's wrong either way, but still.

And Browneyed cowgirls had an interesting point......

Tracey said...

Photos are lovely...but rock climbing? Crazy!

Callie said...

Great photos! looks like a very nice trip! Beautiful!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I was just getting to say what a gorgeous place to visit. Oh crap...I can't stand tree vandals. bah :P

I am giggling imaging your entire family with cameras in hand snapping photos of everything you saw. You guys too some awesome photos, though. Wow!

And your kids are so cool exploring and rock climbing. Did you climb up there, too?

~Lisa

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

No rock climbing for me. I just didn't have the desire. However, I did climb those rocks on a regular basis when I was younger.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

haha, I hear ya, NM. Looks like I won't be rock scrambling anymore either.
But I do hope to be back out doing some serious hiking soon. I've got some plans in the works to get a pair of trekking poles to help with my balance and support while out there.
Too bad they don't make something like that for horse back riding, eh? lol!

(ps, I just noticed how many typos were in my precious comment. gah! I think way faster than I can type. Sorry about that)

Your kids really are awesome, though. I bet you're enjoying having them around to do all that fun stuff with. Breaks up some of that work stress, too.

~Lisa