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The Uninvited Guest

Okay…before I get started I need to preface this post by saying that lately we’ve had some trouble with our camera.  Sometimes it just turns it’s self off  and then, sometimes, the photos just seem….hmmmm…..sketchy.  So, I am offering my apologies upfront for my definitely less-than-top-notch photos.  

We had an uninvited guest during our last trip…..well, more like a stowaway and, we never figured out he (or, maybe she!) was there until the day after we got home.  

It wasn’t as if there weren’t any signs.


From the very 1st day there were obvious indications.  


Teddy and Charlotte tried to alert us late in the night, after we were tucked in bed.  But, we treated them like dogs and ignored their warnings.


On the morning of our final day the evidence was so clear it could of sla...

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Off the Grid

It used to be that any time we were camping we were “off the grid”.  Those were the days before  a smartphone was in everyone’s hand demanding attention.  Now days the only time we are truly off the grid is when we camp in Hope Valley.  Not only are we camping without any hook-ups whatsoever, but there is absolutely no cell service as well.  I don’t think I realized how dependent I’d become on constant information until this year’s trip to Hope Valley.  I’m not sure it took a complete 24 hours to adjust but the 1st day of our trip the silence seemed “very loud” as Greg put it.

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The view out our front door was huge, wide open, spectacular……and silent.

It was what occurred 13 years ago today that got me addicted to information...

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Memorial Day 2014

While the Memorial Day holiday signals for many people the start of the camping season we tend to take a pass due to the crowds.  But, we do have a tradition and it is centered around camping.  We take a drive up Highway 88 to check out the Woods Lake area and Hope Valley.  In years past we would be assessing the impact of winter and when it looked like camping would be possible.  This is the high country.  The Woods Lake area is in the 8000 elevation range and Hope Valley in the 7000’s.  So, the severity of the winter determines when camping will be possible.  That’s no longer our purpose as we can’t get our rig into the Woods Lake area any longer and we wait until early September to camp at Hope Valley to avoid the crowds.  Since California is in the middle of a terrible drought ...

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Hope Valley

When I was a kid growing up we never camped in specified “camp grounds”.  We wilderness camped which meant that we didn’t pay any camping fees  and had more privacy.  This also meant that we didn’t have any conveniences….no water spigots, no toilets of any kind, no picnic tables, no fire pits other than the ones we made ourselves.  A lot more people did that in those days which meant that sometimes we didn’t get our favorites spots as they were already occupied when we arrived.  The other convenience we did not have was “reservations”.  

A favorite spot of my family’s was in the Woods Lake area which is off of Highway 88 just before you reach Carson Pass...

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