At the end of June Brennan and I relived one of my favorite teenage memories when we backpacked into Picayune Valley, near Squaw Valley, in the Northern Sierra Mountains. It was a gruelling 4.5 mile hike into the forest, but an exciting one too. I'm sure we will never soon forget the scenery we took in on that trip. As a side note, I learned not to test the bear (pepper) spray in the direction the wind is blowing. (ouch, lips were burning for a while).
Not too long after we returned from that trip we went for another, the Helton Family camping trip at Jackson Meadows Reservoir. This year we were honored to have veteran camper Gary Crews join us for the extravaganza. This was also the first year that we brought Alicia's mini schnauzer, Maggie. Both were a joy to be around. We were able to take 2 canoes this year and it was nice to cruise the lake at sunset and enjoy the beauty we were surrounded by. Side note, we were also rudely awakened almost every morning by the Logging company that was clearing out trees right next to the campground.
We spent most weekends that we were not camping close to home, relaxing and planning for our next adventure. It was fairly hot here, as some of you know, and on these hot days we would high-tail it down to the other Rileys to enjoy their cool Pool.
Ok, so that has been the majority of our summer, but we still have quite a bit of summer left. I think this blogging will help me get my pictures I have taken into circulation a little better. I take so many pictures that just sit on my hard-drive and do not get viewed. I hope you enjoy and I am quite open to any critics or feedback. This is a learning experience for me and I hope that I can take some things away from it, so please post your comments and thoughts on each and every new blog. Hope to see you all soon.