Ten Sleep Wyoming – By Valarie Tes Anderson

For the first installment of Hidden Corners we will be visiting the small town of Ten Sleep Wyoming. My dear friend Valarie Anderson sure did her research on this one. THE WILD BLUE YONDER Valarie Tes Anderson I’m a California native. While there is an endless supply of outdoor arenas to visit in my home state, they…

Hiking: Chaparrosa Peak

Miles-8 Elevation-5500 ft. Getting there- From I-10 take route 62 north towards Yucca Valley. In 19  miles turn left on Pioneer town road. In 7.5 miles turn left onto Pipes Canyon Road. In .9 miles the road ends at the Pioneertown Mountain Preserve. High above the city of Yucca Valley, up a twisting road past…

All is Gold

There is a time in the mountains when the land begins its final stretch before winter. The days gradually become shorter; the sun still warms your skins but starts to burn a little less brightly. The creeks flow fast and cold, already prepared for the ice and snow that is destined to cover their banks….

Photo Essay: Home for a week

How to pack as much as possible into a week in Maine. When you miss your flight and get in a day late spend whats left of the afternoon at a local apple orchard, extra points if they have baby goats. Use every bit of daylight to see the sights. This means going to the…

Moon Rise

The harvest moon rising over Popham Beach State Park.

Why I Hike Solo

  I begin to ascend out of the dirt parking lot. It is early and I do not pass anyone on the trail. All I can hear is the shrill call of a Steller’s Jay in an otherwise quite forest. The early morning dew helps to keep the dust down, but later, when the sun…

To The Sierra Nevada With Love

Over the past few years I have fallen in love with the California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range. Since moving to California I have become a self proclaimed desert rat, odd for a girl from Maine. But something about the high alpine lakes and the lichen covered granite of the Sierras remind me of home. Since…

Hiking : Mt. Langley

Mt. Langley, 14,026 feet of sandy windswept granite is one of the high places of the world. Langley is my second 14er and number 14 on my 30 for 30. My friend and I picked up our permit at the Lone Pine ranger station and started the hike in. Unfortunately we were not able to…