Gene and Heather Trek the Globe

29 August 2014

Heather and Maria stroll down Eiserner Steg, a pedestrian bridge across the Main River.  


Colorful locks with lovers’ names adorn the bridge.

29 August 2014

Arriving at Franfurt, Germany, we were lucky enough to be greeted by Heather’s super-nice friend Maria who is currently living there.  We met Maria’s daughter, Hannah, and Maria’s parents while we spent the next night at her place.  During the day she showed us around the center of Franfurt on a lovely summer day. Here are Heather and Maria at Römerberg, Frankfurt.

Arriving at Franfurt, Germany, we were lucky enough to be greeted by Heather’s super-nice friend Maria who is currently living there.  We met Maria’s daughter, Hannah, and Maria’s parents while we spent the next night at her place.  During the day she showed us around the center of Franfurt on a lovely summer day. 


Here are Heather and Maria at Römerberg, Frankfurt.

5 August 2014

Hiking up the last mile and a half of Gilliam Creek Trail, now out of the cool, shady woods, and back up into the warm, golden, rolling California hills. Lots of breathtaking views during this section of the trail of the surrounding hills, miles and miles away. 

5 August 2014

Crossing a creek along Fox Mountain Fire Road in Austin Creek State Recreation Area on a Sunday morning, after camping at Mannings Flatt II campground the night before. The trail took us through mixed-tree forests, keeping us cool and shaded for most of the morning. So many stream crossings along Fox Mountain Fire Rd. and then Gilliam Creek Trail. Absolutely lovely hike!

5 August 2014

Heading down steep E. Austin Creek Fire Road in Austin Creek State Recreation Area on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in early August.

21 July 2014

Marmots!

Marmots!

21 July 2014

Forest of the Giants, Sequoia National Park

Forest of the Giants, Sequoia National Park

21 July 2014

Hiking amongst the Giants in Sequoia National Park

Hiking amongst the Giants in Sequoia National Park

21 July 2014

Leopard Lily in the Forest of the Giants

Leopard Lily in the Forest of the Giants

21 July 2014

Leopard Lily, Sequoia National Park

Leopard Lily, Sequoia National Park

21 July 2014

The “Room Tree” and a lovely chandelier of leopard lilies in the Giant Forest region of Sequoia National Park. If you walk along the trails just a short distance away from the crowds at the popular General Sherman Tree area, the forest becomes serene, and you are surrounded by sublime meadows of colorful wildflowers, magnificent Giant Sequoia Trees, and fluffy, curious marmots.

21 July 2014

The General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park, the largest known tree on Earth.  It weights 2,100 tons, stands 275 feet tall, and is over 100 feet around at the base.

20 July 2014

We gained 7000 feet of net elevation over 3 days of hiking, then lost much of it in one long set of switchbacks heading down into the valley from which we started.  Somewhere amongst those trees at the bottom are day hikers and ranger stations and our dusty parked car.

We gained 7000 feet of net elevation over 3 days of hiking, then lost much of it in one long set of switchbacks heading down into the valley from which we started.  Somewhere amongst those trees at the bottom are day hikers and ranger stations and our dusty parked car.

20 July 2014

Our loop is almost complete.  The last day’s hike out brings us a good view of The Sphinx high up on its granite perch.

Our loop is almost complete.  The last day’s hike out brings us a good view of The Sphinx high up on its granite perch.

20 July 2014

Day 6 on the Rae Lakes Loop:  Large-leaf lupine and bear sign.