Blueberries and Boulders
Blueberry picking, Squaw Valley Hike
On June 18, 2016, Carol, Kathy, Therisa and i went to Apple Hill to pick blueberries.
We went to the Pine-O-Mine farm and they had berries to pick.
Carol scopes out the pickings.
The bushes were planted in rows, which was convenient.
Not all of them were ripe,
I picked 5 pounds worth. They are cheaper at Costco, but it's all about the experience.
We stopped at Bridleveil Falls on the way back
It was a really nice outing.
On June 19, 2016, Carol, Kathy, the dogs and I hiked from base camp to high camp at Squaw Valley.
If you hike to the top, you can take the tram back down for free.
The hike is on the Shirley Canyon Trail, a 2000 foot elevation gain.
And we're off.
It starts out nice and shady.
And the stream is running full blast.
It looks refreshing.
Bigger waterfalls up ahead.
There are little falls above the big falls.
Misha enjoys the cool water on her feet.
The tram on it's way up.
It's a 4 mile hike.
Kathy and the 3 dogs: Zeus, Misha and Pixie.
Zeus in my lap and Pixie's butt.
We go up the canyon and follow the waterfall trail.
Pretty pinks and a rushing stream.
The canyon narrows.
The trail veers to the left of the stream.
A few obsticles
I pose with the hollowed out tree.
Carol powers up the hill.
Carol and the dogs lead the way.
My selfie, but i didn't get the stream very well.
Ok, there it is, but out of focus.
I think of ferns being in tropical places, not in the Sierra.
Kathy and Pixie
Misha was really scared to cross this log bridge.
But she managed with Carol's encouragement.
Some Sierra scenery
A closer shot of the waterfall
It's starting to get more rocky,
You can sort of see the person in blue.
Carol and Kathy head up the granite mountain.
It makes for interesting hiking.
Some of it is a real scramble.
There is some snow melt up here too.
Misha still likes the water on her feet.
The granite flattens out.
This looks like a glacier left the rock.
The dogs enjoy the patch of snow.
Zeus rolls in it.
Misha says "this rocks".
It's mid June and there is still snow.
This is part of the ski resort.
The trail continues up.
We are headed up to where the ski lift is.
We are getting high enough for some vistas and snow.
Another view of the bench
Getting closer to the ski lift.
The trail is now on the side of the mountain.
There was a trail race the weekend before, hence the red and yellow flags.
We make up up to the high camp area.
We walk over to the high camp area, which is at 8200 feet in elevation.
Carol and the dogs head to the high camp area.
We could have driven up here, but what's the fun in that?
At high camp, the pool and bar are open for business.
Looks like there is a restaraunt too.
There is a skating rink which is an ice skating ring in the winter.
This is where the 1960 Olympics were held.
There is a view of Lake Tahoe from the deck.
And the tram is coming to take us back down to base camp, which is 6200 feet.
Entering the tram
Lake Tahoe from the tram
View from the front window of the tram.
The other tram on the way up.
Here's the view from the straight down part.
Back at base camp, they have an indoor climbing wall.
It's kind of ironic when you can go climb the regular mountains.