United States of America · 8 Days · 50 Moments · July 2017

Lassen Volcanic via Redrock-Mojave-lake Tahoe

5 August 2017

4 August 2017

It's a WRAP! Best times, best views , best hikes , best team ever !
CINDER CONE ASCENT - HOW TO MAKE A LAST DAY RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING Woke up later than we thought around 6:30. Had to pack everything and leave to the Cinder Cone, a perfect cylinder volcano with a 5 miles hike most of it on Volcanic sand and stone path . Symon is going strong and the Mom aka "the machine" is going even stronger !!! The hike is nice, the hill they the cone is steep and on Rolling Stones, but the view is worth a million dollars. We hung around and went to the bottom of the crater, indulging ourself with another uphill battle. The descent was fun and rolly with the team running in the stony sandy path

2 August 2017

Lassen deserves an additional day. Symon is a good hiker, walks and picks stones for his collection. He likes camping even tho it's kinda rough with daddy in terms of pace and food 😬. Today we are checking out the boiling lake and the kings creek falls. 2 trails to stay in shape for The ascend of the Cinder cone tomorrow. Oh and I spotted a bald eagle this morning around 6am...πŸ˜πŸ™ŒπŸΏπŸ’°
Descending we went to helen lake which is almost frozen. Amazing colors and super chilly
Random of the ascent
Ascent ending: WE SUMMITED . After a quick cereal bar break the morale is high (or the sugar). We are now going thru MILLIONS OF BUTTERFLIES. It's just amazing. They swarm once a year and we are lucky. It's really a magical . My boy is going strong, falling , scratched but no tears. Went to the top like a champ. 6 years old and already a peak under his belt πŸ’ͺπŸ½βœ…πŸŒ
Ascent part 3: We are going thru snow patches, it's really refreshing. Temp is good. The wind sweeps the slopes and is helping those butterflies. They are growing in number, appearing by big waves. Intense !!! The climbing continues with constant motivation sprinkled to the "guy who was running like crazy on the parking lot but now not so much"
Lassen day 2. Night was ok. Woke up 6 am and started off with Grumpy Symon and a light breakfast. Heading to Lassen Peak, a 4.7 miles hike round trip with 2100 feet elevation. We ll see how it goes but like always there's only one way and it's up there !!! πŸ’ͺπŸ½πŸ€™πŸ½

1 August 2017

Ascent part 1 Ok now. I have been to the smoky mountains, Everglades , Yosemite , Death Valley, Zion , red rock canyon and so far Lassen is in the top 2 in terms of breathtaking views. We are going for it ! Started off around 9:30, lots of snow patches to cross and we had to make our way thru Lots of butterflies. We are half way thru trying to adjust the pace between "not anymore Grumpy but it's kinda hard to climb" mister and me taking pictures and videos along the way. Thankfully I still got my hike heart πŸ‘½
LASSEN VOLCANIC- > we made it ! Awesome spot by manzanita lake. Tomorrow is summit day for Symon .
Stopped by the ranger station to get the schedule for Symon junior ranger program. Amazing views and we found beers !!!!!!!!!
Secret cove --> naked cove rather !!!
Breakfast of the champions!
Early 🐦gets the πŸ›
First night at the camp πŸ’†πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈπŸ˜ŒπŸŽ’πŸŒ²πŸΎ

31 July 2017

Basecamp Lake Tahoe !!! #stoked
You snooze you loose (the viewz)
MANZANAR outside facilities. The atmosphere feels heavy from the weight of a dark period of the USA history.
A piece of history that is very dark, you can fill the heavy weight of guilt and wrongdoing here. The center has a great movie and the exhibits are very well made and convey the message straight to the β™₯️.
Next toy?
What a view

30 July 2017

Follow the white rabbit ?
Our palace for tonight- in front of Mt Whitney
Lowest point in the us. Below sea level
Save the planet !
Visitor center @furnace creek. Very nice exhibits explaining the ecosystems. Symon is sworn in as a Death Valley junior ranger !
Borax carriage from 1885. Used to be pulled by 20 mules
Ranger station! Junior ranger training time for Symon (I wish I could do it)
Sand dunes - feels like tattooine. Of all the people Symon hiked the farthest πŸ’ͺ🏽
Gecko strikin the typical gecko "I'm not a star" pose
Earle birding but it's already 90F at 7:39
Shower after the heat is a treat#iamsuchapoet

29 July 2017

Even birds have a tough time herr
Its gettin hot ! BeeeeerzπŸ‘ΉπŸ»πŸ‘½
Death Valley - πŸ‘½β˜ οΈπŸ’€πŸ‘»πŸ˜΅
El burroooooo
Road tripping ! She just woke up πŸ€™πŸ½
Viewpoint with a pre teenager !!!! #nosmile
Calico hills hike Scorching 100F+
Getting there πŸ™ŒπŸΏ
3.5 hr of sleep -> lyft -> late for flight but caught it...πŸ€™πŸ½
5:44 am Flight is at 6

28 July 2017

Pack smart