THE GRANITE CHIEF WILDERNESS......Whiskey Creek, Big Springs, Diamond Crossing, Mt. Mildred, Needle Peak; we knew them all. By foot, ski and horse over many years we worked, played and loved every foot of this wilderness, and the surrounding area. Now-days we peek in, usually from some high point nearby where we photograph this sacred ground. A thunder-storm this spring brought rain showers to Tinker's Knob. Mt. Anderson on the left is where the Benson Hut was buried so deep in snow, we had to dig to find the smoke-stack many years ago. The winter scene with maybe 30+ feet of snow makes the point.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Last week we hiked up Onion Creek, a remote creek in Placer county that often has interesting wildlife and flowers along it's very high canyon banks. This year it was very dry, few flowers and we saw no wildlife. This creek hike is of a double interest to me. Many years ago I was skiing with a friend at Sugar Bowl ski area, just over the mountain from Onion creek, during a very large snow storm. I last saw my friend get off the ski lift and ski east into the blinding blizzard. He never returned to the bottom of the lift. We searched for a week during the storm and again the next summer. He was never found. I think he may have skied down into Onion creek and become lost. I hike this creek each summer in hopes I would find a ski, a ski boot or some sign of my friend.
This is a web site about the "Wild Places" mostly in the Sierra Nevada visited and photographed by my wife Shirley and myself in the later days of our life. I will post pictures and then tell you about our trip to take that photograph or other information of interest about that area.
This picture of the flanks of Mt. Lassen was taken in late October about four years ago by Shirley when we were the last of a few visitors to Mt. Lassen National Park before the winter storms closed the park for the winter. We had a new pop-up camper on our truck and were trying it out for the first time. We spent one night at Manzanita Lake where it snowed about a foot of new soft snow. We took the road back toward the headquarters photographing as we went. Shirley took this picture near Helen Lake where we saw a man and a small child, dressed in street clothes start up the summit trail. We tried to camp in the parking lot at the park headquarters but high gusts of wind made us think we might lose the camper if we stayed. We moved to a lower elevation camp where we spent a peaceful night.