Once in a while, you have to take a step back, relax, look at things from a distance and remember the many reasons why you love this crazy city called San Francisco.
I have been wanting to take a break and get back to Yosemite for a couple of years now. The prospect of summer crowds not that appealing, I started looking for a good solo hiking trip in the Yosemite wilderness that I could complete in less than a week and that would afford some solitude. It took just a couple of weeks planning. Because I was purposefully avoiding the more popular options, such as the John Muir Trail and the High Sierra camps, I was able to secure a permit just a couple of days in advance. I called the Wilderness Reservation line and booked a 6-day, 5-night stay in the park’s southern backcountry, timing the 50-mile loop so as to hit the remotest sections over the weekend and get in and out Yosemite Valley during weekdays. Oh, and I travelled from SF to the park (and back) by train and bus.
So, here is the log. Continue reading “Summer Solitude in Yosemite? Quite Possible”
So I finally did it. With the weather forecast promising three straight 80s-and-fog-clear coastal days, I headed to King Range National Conservation Area to descend north to south the 25.6-mile stretch of the Lost Coast trail from Mattole to Shelter Cove. Here’s the log.
Friday, Oct 10, 2008
3:15 am: Left San Francisco to drive north on H101. Deserted Golden Gate bridge has a surreal quality to it. I am doing good time all along the way, though encountering multiple slower men-at-work areas along the freeway.
“Italiani di Frontiera”, Italians at the Frontier. It’s the project of Roberto Bonzio, Reuters journalist and entrepreneurial spirit who is turning a six-month sabbatical in California into a blog, book and multimedia project, covering Italians past and present who have taken to the American frontier.
I had the pleasure to sit down at Caffe del Doge in Palo Alto (apt location!) with Roberto for a chat. He posted his report here (in Italian).