Saturday, November 28, 2009

Pleasure Point

To cure a little cold, I visit Pleasure Point to take in the ocean breeze first-hand. The waves are good - in fact some of them are a little too good for me. The best wave that catches me and my board carries me all the way back to the beach, and it is strong enough that I don't think about standing up. Scenery: the moon, and the Big Sur mountains on the horizon, and the road along the cliff that leads to Pleasure Point (right).

I think this is the Hook, another surf spot that I've tried a couple of times, but it hasn't grown on me yet.

Watch how many start paddling ...

Back to Pleasure Point. I think in the late afternoon / evening it's an iconic place.

Of course, it's all about being where it breaks.

Note how the strong wind carries the splashing water a bit further than is usual.

In the warm evening light, this creates a rain of gold after every wave that you let go by.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

A Heavenly Day

Heavenly opened this Saturday, and mother nature contributed some fresh snow the day before - nice conditions!

I'm not a fan of groomers, but it's an upgrade over this (Boreal, Nov 1st):

While I'm posting old pictures ... also from Nov 1st, here's a picture of Highway 89, with Emerald Bay in the center.

Emerald Bay itself, with a sprinkle of fall colors and Lake Tahoe in the background.

And from the same vantage point, Fanette Island, the island in Emerald Bay.

Back to Saturday - we spent most of the day on Orion, a lengthy mellow run on Heavenly's Nevada side. It was cold but sunny with the usual amazing views of the lake. After lunch I switched my bindings to goofy, which of course made me fall a lot but made things more interesting. Sunday was a disappointment - Heavenly was closed due to high winds. Still, if the rest of the season works out like Saturday did I won't be complaining. :-)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Desolation Wilderness: Grass Lake, Mt. Tallac, and Yet-To-Be-Named

Two coyotes near the road to Fallen Leaf Lake - only one in the picture - sorry.

After dropping our gear at the camp site we traverse around Grass Lake ...

... which has a fair amount of grass.

We find a creek bed with little water in it and follow it for a while: Frank, William, Kirsten, Patrick, Jürgen, Harshit.

Ancient tree.

Up the hill towards the trail.

We take the trail towards Gillmore Lake and Tallac and arrive at the summit of Mt. Tallac.

View of Lake Tahoe from Mt. Tallac.

View of the Crystal Range with Pyramid Peak from the western slopes of Tallac.

Back to Gillmore Lake in the warm evening light.

Gillmore Lake - time for switching on headlamps and staying on trails.

As expected, night and morning are chilly.

Kirsten, Frank, and I take off towards Pyramid Peak. There's no trail to get into the big valley with Aloha Lake, so we hike up the nearest canyon behind our camp site at Grass Lake towards Lake Margery, and from there West toward Pyramid. Many beautiful lakes in various shapes and sizes here - granite complimentary.

We hike up an unnamed granite dome and upon noticing that there's another drop towards Pyramid we celebrate the views with a good break.

If you look from the right angle we're actually above Pyramid.

Crossing various streams and lakes is entertaining. The right end of the log is suspended in mid air ...

Not sure how well this granite bridge works with high tide.

Another view with Pyramid Peak and a lake.

Oops, sorry. Due to my sloppy navigation we hike another unnamed peak before finding the canyon that we came up. The lake in the picture is Jabu Lake.

Some rock scrambling in the canyon.

Looking down towards Grass Lake.

Almost there. Heavenly slopes at the other end of the canyon.

Back at Grass Lake.

Some unfinished business with Pyramid Peak, but other than that: awesome scenery and great company. A bit chilly, but the weather could have been less friendly this time of the year.