Category Archives: Off the summit

Palisade Falls are flowing

Our annual first trip down to Palisade Falls came very early this year. This is the earliest we have ever been able to get down Kidd Lakes Rd which is usually choked with snow at this time. The really scary … Continue reading

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Sometimes you just have to get away

Even on this beautiful summit, sometimes you just have to get away. So last week we hooked up the trailer, put the kayaks on the roof racks, and headed down one of our favorite drives, down Highway 395 to Lee … Continue reading

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Video of the week 12/22/13

Not much happening on the summit this week. Still waiting for new snow.  A good time to get down to the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge to see one of the natural wonders, a fly up of the hordes of migratory … Continue reading

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Picture of the week 9-22-13

Welcome to Royal Gorge Park. This week the masticators cleaned up the brush in the TDLT forest restoration project in the Royal Gorge area. The result is this park-like landscape.

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Picture of the week 1/13/13

Snow kiting has come to Summit Valley year. If you are interested in this relatively new sport you should check out the Snow Kiting Center website.

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A Trip for the Birds

As we start the winter months on the summit and the lakes freeze, one of the natural fixtures from summer disappears. The migratory water fowl including ducks, geese and even pelicans that ply the summit lakes have deserted us for … Continue reading

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Kayaking at Sand Harbor

As I post this at the beginning of October, we just had 10 inches of snow so I think it is safe to say that summer is over on the summit. While it may be a little late for this … Continue reading

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Independence Lake – Turning back the clock

Have you ever been at Donner Lake and thought about what the lake looked like back when the Donner Party was there, before it was developed? There are some old black & white photos of the lake from the early … Continue reading

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Way off the summit

This week’s post is going way off the summit to southern Africa(it may be as far as you can get on this planet). Last September Linda and I went on the number one trip in our bucket list to South … Continue reading

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Kayaking at Mono Lake

June is here and that means it’s time for our annual trek down to Mono Lake to kayak among the tufa formations. We look forward to this trip every year, but this year after the winter we have had and … Continue reading

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Down the hill

The sunny weather is here and the thaw is on at the summit. However, we have so much snow up here that it’s going to be very white for a few more weeks. So what’s a person to do with … Continue reading

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Off the summit: Death Valley

At this time of the year there is a bit of a disconnect from life on the summit and the rest of California. As the first day of spring approaches, the summit is still deep in winter with 10-15 ft … Continue reading

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And So It Begins…

Welcome to our new site about the Donner Summit area in the Sierra-Nevada mountains in California. My wife Linda and I were lucky enough to retire early a few years ago and have taken up residence in the vacation community … Continue reading

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