Category Archives: travel

Saxonia

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Saxonia is the only standard hike on any Packer trip. It’s a short one but the lake approach is a tricky section of climbing over boulders down to the lake. The boys love it and remind me of how much I loved climbing over those same rocks when I was their age.

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Packer Lake

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I used to vacation at Packer Lake every year. As I got older I had other things come up more often and so I was only able to visit every other year. Once I moved out of California, my visits got even less frequent and I no longer expect to be able to go each year.

I did get to visit last year. And I was lucky to be able to visit again this year. It’s always a nice way to recharge and the kids are getting old enough now that they’re really appreciating the lake and activities. Long hikes are possible. Fishing isn’t just throwing rocks and trying to keep them out of the water. And they’re learning and absorbing a proper appreciation for wilderness and the Sierra Nevadas.

Yes they’re growing up on the East Coast but letting places like this into your soul marks you as a West Coaster at heart.

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Summer film, roll 3

Continuing from last week. This roll finishes up the Packer trip with photos from the Tamarack Trail and then includes photos from the rest of summer such as our trip to Pomponio and to San Francisco (where I visited Pier 24 and SFMOMA).

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Summer film, roll 2

Continuing from last week, this roll includes photos from Long Lake, Bear Lake, Sand Pond, Lower Sardine Lake, and the Tamarack trail.

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Summer film, roll 1

I’ve finally got around to scanning film from last summer. I’ll post things a roll at a time since I’ve already posted about the events the cover. This roll includes photos from Packer Lake, Saxonia, and Frazier Falls.

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Cascade

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We left Boise to view the eclipse in Cascade. It was our first camping trip as a family. It went pretty well. Lots of kids to play with. A beautiful location with a lake nearby for swimming. And we were only camping for one night so it was a nice new adventure. The only problem is now the boys want to go camping again so they can see another eclipse.

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Boise

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Our home base for eclipse viewing. We spent a few days on either side of the event just hanging out. Went out for a wander one day and saw the capitol. Checked out a few parks. Had ice cream—and a real ice cream soda—at a working soda fountain. It was a wonderful way to end our summer.

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