Monday, February 11, 2008

The Blog Picture

People have often asked where the picture in the blog title was taken. It's from an August 2006 trip on the JMT in northern Kings Canyon National Park. Right as you're ascending Evolution Basin there are a set of lakes. This picture is taken at Sapphire Lake. The picture at the beginning of this post is a meadow I came across in the early morning near the San Joaquin River.

Shortly after I took the Sapphire Lake photo, a ferocious hail and lightening storm burst out with the loudest thunder and closest lightening I had ever experienced. I found sanctuary in a tent with two serious mountain climbers who just happened to be camping up in the high country, riding out the sudden High Sierra storm. My destination was intended to be Muir Pass and Muir Hut, but I had to give up after hiking/running 33 miles since the morning. I came within about a 1/2 mile, then turned around given the time of day and conditions, and ran 35 miles through the night to get back to my car at Lake Florence. Here are two pictures taken just after the storm: the first is looking northwest, the second southeast toward Muir Pass.

Here is a short video, again taken with my digital camera, of a scene a bit lower in Evolution Valley.

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