In Upper Lake

I didn’t spend anywhere near enough time in the town of Upper Lake on my recent trip to Lake County, and I wish I had managed to shoot more pictures. It was my first outing of the day, and I was still undecided exactly where I wanted to go and what to see. But in between making a quick survey […]

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Stone wall

One of my strong childhood memories is of riding in the car with my family as we traveled northwards on the shore of Clear Lake, heading to Fort Bragg on the California coast. Clear Lake was pretty much a mystery to me in those days; I saw very little of it — but I did see the low, arched, brown […]

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And back down again

Last Monday, I wrote about climbing up the trail at Mt Konocti; but of course that was only half the story. As I limped my way up the road (at an elevation of roughly 3500 feet) toward Mary Downen’s cabin, I was marveling at the view through the old orchard and down into the valley below. I happened to turn […]

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Up the mountain trail

I hiked up Mt Konocti alone, and I’ll admit there were a few moments when I wondered if I’d made a big mistake. It wasn’t that the trail was rough — but the climb was unrelenting, and I had to stop several times just to get my breath back. And then there was the pain in my left knee; it […]

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Rodman Slough trail

In my brief visit to Rodman Slough County Park, I found only one fairly short trail, but it was a beautiful hike — and I had it all to myself. I started near the shore and climbed a series of switchbacks up to a ridge, which then took me down through the trees and back to the parking lot. I […]

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Shadow of the forest

It’s not every day that I get a chance to climb an honest-to-goodness mountain, and Mt Konocti had been beckoning to me for quite a long time. Once I learned about the Canyon oak grove and the ruins of an abandoned cabin along the trail, I was hooked. I had no idea of the amazing story behind this lonely cabin […]

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