Thursday, October 25, 2018

Prime Time For Fall Color and Mountain Lakes

Dianne and I put the kayaks on the roof and headed about four hours north. The Mt. Shasta region is loaded with scenic spots to camp, kayak, paddle and hike. I love the clear, cold water of the small mountain lakes like Castle Lake. Such a beautiful lake to paddle and they didn't even charge us to park or launch!
Castle Lake

In addition to Castle Lake, we also made time to visit Lake Siskiyou. It was a cold morning, but we still enjoyed the hiking trail around the lake and the big pedestrian bridge with a view of Mt. Shasta.

Lake Siskiyou Hiking Trail

This year we added a set of Yakima roof racks to the sedan, so hauling the boats is much faster and easier now even over long distances at highway speed. Fall has always been my favorite season. Spending part of this season in the Mt. Shasta region is one I will never forget.

Tauhindauli Park in Dunsmuir, CA.
Even the city parks in this area are wonderful!

Monday, July 02, 2018

Paddle Yosemite - The Merced River

Merced River
A  great way to cool off and rest your feet after hiking around at Yosemite is to take a trip on the Merced River. From the Yosemite Valley, you can enjoy a 3-mile float down the Merced River in your own craft or on a rented raft that holds 2-4 people. My wife and I were amazed at how clear and cold the water is on the Merced. Snow melt makes for much colder conditions that this Okie is accustomed to when paddling!

If you'd like to use your own raft or tube, you have the option of purchasing a ticket for the shuttle bus back to Half Dome Village at the end of your rafting journey for $5.00 per person. You can bring your deflated inner tube or raft back with you on the bus, as long as it fits in your lap. Of course, kayaks won't fit on the shuttle buses, but bringing your own boat usually means arranging your own shuttle.

Please beach rafts on sand or rock areas only; don't disturb the natural vegetation around the area.