Go Nuts!

Go Nuts!

I could run through all the nuts jokes one can make about Tony’s Granola™: “Everyone should have some nuts in the morning” or “Tony’s nuts will put a smile on your face.”  Etc.  Etc.  But I won’t do that.  This is serious stuff.  This granola recipe is nearly legendary — largely in my own mind,More

America’s Cup…Yes, It Is!  (Postscript)

America’s Cup…Yes, It Is! (Postscript)

Okay, I’ll get it out of the way: I’m an idiot.  If you read my post from September 13th it should now be apparent that I don’t know anything about how to improve a 72-foot carbon fiber catamaran with a rigid, 13-story, wing-shaped sail.  If I had thought about I could have guessed that IMore

Not Your Mother’s America’s Cup…or America’s Either

Not Your Mother’s America’s Cup…or America’s Either

Golly, the boats are exciting.  The technology, power, speed and danger is miles beyond anything raced on the water in the past.   If you haven’t seen a 13-story building travel at over 50 miles an hour across the lumpy San Francisco Bay, then you missed the America’ Cup in 2013. The slickness of theMore

The Power of Dots

The Power of Dots

I have been skeptical about the supernatural powers of polka dots.  Kim McElhinney, the founder of Dude Girl apparel and the Dot Master, has been extolling their powers since the moment I met her.  I had no reason to argue their benefits, nor did I have reason to believe.  Now I do.  I’m a believer.More

The JMT and Me: A Soulful Conclusion

The JMT and Me: A Soulful Conclusion

John Muir was president of the Sierra Club in the 1900’s when the concept of a trail meandering through the Sierra’s greatest hits was conceived and planned.  It wasn’t going to be named the “John Muir Trail.”  But when Muir died in 1914, it became an obvious and quite fitting memorial to the great naturalist’sMore

Mt. Whitney Rocks A Lot of Rocks

Mt. Whitney Rocks A Lot of Rocks

Guitar Lake is one of those places that many people have trod before you, but it is one of those places where you feel like the original explorer. The lake sits at 11,500 feet and is the staging area for those seeking exit from the John Muir Trail.  There is no other good way out.More

The Third Leg or Third Something

The Third Leg or Third Something

Muir Pass (11,995 feet) is iconic: certainly because of its name, but also because of the Sierra Club stone shelter built at the top.  People like to sit up there and soak in the history and unlimited views north or south.  I found it memorable for what followed after the pass.  It’s very rocky on both sidesMore

In the Belly of the JMT

In the Belly of the JMT

I met Danny towards the end of the first week.  Danny and two of his buddies had just graduated from high school in Petaluma and were engaging in some pre-junior college adventure.  They were drinking mightily from the adventure spigot.  Within the first three days of their hike one person got sick and some howMore

Weak One Week One

Weak One Week One

We began in the north, like 75-90% of most JMT’ers.  (I read that stat on the internet, so it must be true.)  Starting in Yosemite and finishing at Mt. Whitney is smart.  Read my fourth article on Mt. Whitney to understand why starting with that climb is biting off more than one needs to.  NotMore

The John Muir Trail

The John Muir Trail

          The John Muir Trail in one sense is an easy concept to grasp. 200+ miles through five wilderness areas: Yosemite, Ansel Adams, John Muir, Kings Canyon and Sequoia From the north, it climbs 46,000 feet and descends 38,000 feet Seven passes are crossed, four over 12,000 feet, including Forester PassMore