• StrapShot by Cotton Carrier

      I recently tested the newest camera carrying system from the Cotton Carrier company.  I’m a big fan of the original over the shoulder and around your chest camera carrying system by the Cotton Carrier (to see that review click here).  The newest product from Cotton Carrier, the StrapShot, is designed to attach directly to [...]

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  • Osprey Kode Backpack Gear Review

    This pack has turned out to be my favorite day-back. It’s a great winter pack, as it’s intended, but also great for traveling and for warm weather day hikes. It’s ended up replacing one or two other day packs I own. The Kode comes in three different sizes. The version reviewed is the 30 litre [...]

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  • Young Lakes – Yosemite National Park

      Welcome to Young Lakes in Yosemite National Park. If you’re looking for scenic granite mountains reflecting on crystal clear mountain lakes, this is a backpacking trip for you. This 14.5-mile voyage is lasso loop trail from Tuolumne Meadows. The gradual climb up to the lakes via the Glen Aulin trail takes you through pine [...]

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  • Cotton Carrier Camera Vest

    UPDATE – ACCESSORIES IN USE I’ve added some accessories to my Cotton Carrier system recently.  One for security, another for adaptability, and one for protection from the elements.  Specifically they are: – The Cotton Carrier hand strap provides a secure way of holding your camera with one hand while shooting.  It’s comfortable and easy to [...]

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  • Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias

      A short day trip from Yosemite Valley will bring you to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. These super-sized trees are truly magnificent for their size, color, and granduer. If you ever want to feel small next to another living organism, stand next to a giant sequoia. The Tuolumne Grove is one of three [...]

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Backpacking

StrapShot by Cotton Carrier

  I recently tested the newest camera carrying system from the Cotton Carrier company.  I’m a big fan of the original over the shoulder and around your chest camera carrying system by the Cotton Carrier (to see that review click here).  The newest product from Cotton Carrier, the StrapShot, is designed to attach directly to [...]

Read More

Young Lakes – Yosemite National Park

  Welcome to Young Lakes in Yosemite National Park. If you’re looking for scenic granite mountains reflecting on crystal clear mountain lakes, this is a backpacking trip for you. This 14.5-mile voyage is lasso loop trail from Tuolumne Meadows. The gradual climb up to the lakes via the Glen Aulin trail takes you through pine [...]

Read More

Cotton Carrier Camera Vest

UPDATE – ACCESSORIES IN USE I’ve added some accessories to my Cotton Carrier system recently.  One for security, another for adaptability, and one for protection from the elements.  Specifically they are: – The Cotton Carrier hand strap provides a secure way of holding your camera with one hand while shooting.  It’s comfortable and easy to [...]

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Day Hiking

StrapShot by Cotton Carrier

  I recently tested the newest camera carrying system from the Cotton Carrier company.  I’m a big fan of the original over the shoulder and around your chest camera carrying system by the Cotton Carrier (to see that review click here).  The newest product from Cotton Carrier, the StrapShot, is designed to attach directly to [...]

Osprey Kode Backpack Gear Review

This pack has turned out to be my favorite day-back. It’s a great winter pack, as it’s intended, but also great for traveling and for warm weather day hikes. It’s ended up replacing one or two other day packs I own. The Kode comes in three different sizes. The version reviewed is the 30 litre [...]

Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias

  A short day trip from Yosemite Valley will bring you to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. These super-sized trees are truly magnificent for their size, color, and granduer. If you ever want to feel small next to another living organism, stand next to a giant sequoia. The Tuolumne Grove is one of three [...]

Morgan Territory Hike

Morgan Territory Day Hike

This 5.9 mile ramble is a beautiful hike through the high ridge points in Morgan Territory near San Francisco.  Solitude is king on these trails and, other than the odd horse rider or hiker, you’ll likely have most of the trail to yourself. The road to the trailhead is a scenic curvy drive along occasional [...]