Mt. Tamalpais | Six-Pack of Peaks

About the challenge

What is the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Depending on your location or where you want to take this challenge (of course, you can take them all if you have the time!), you sign up for Southern California, Northern California, Central Oregon, New England or Colorado Rockies. Newly, there’s a winter challenge for Arizona. I write more about the Six-Pack of Peaks challenge in my first log from Mission Peak.

My log

Completed: December 25, 2018

It was a beautiful Christmas Day and… and instead of staying with family or friends and stuffing my belly with good food and Christmas candy as any other sane person would do, I got up long before sunrise and drove to Stinson Beach to hike up Mount Tamalpais.

That peak used to scare me; I did not believe I was fit enough or had the physical ability to hike all the way up from the sea level. But again, who says what you can and can’t do? And so I stopped thinking about my in/ability to get up there and just did it. And it was the best thing I could have done that Christmas.

The hike was just pure pleasure. The trails were so beautiful that I wanted to get back on them the moment I got back to my car. Mt Tamalpais instantly became the best hike I’ve done in 2018.

Trailhead: Stinson Beach

Trails:
Dipsea Trail
Steep Ravine Trail
Old Stagecoach Fire Road
Railroad Grade Fire Road
(and back)


The previous Six-Pack-of-Peaks-Challenge article is HERE.

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And have a day full of breathtaking views! 🙂

Mount Umunhum | Six-Pack of Peaks

About the challenge

What is the Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Depending on your location or where you want to take this challenge (of course, you can take them all if you have the time!), you sign up for Southern California, Northern California, Central Oregon, New England or Colorado Rockies. Newly, there’s a winter challenge for Arizona. I write more about the Six-Pack of Peaks challenge in my first log from Mission Peak.

My log

Completed December 22, 2018

The night before, I could not for dear world sleep, so I ended up getting up way before the sun came up and driving south towards Mount Umunhum. This peak was a sacred place for generations and generations of Native Americans, its name meaning “resting place of the humming bird”, long before it was turned into Air Force radar station. Since Fall of 2017, it’s been open to the public.

I don’t have as detailed description for this peak as for Mission Peak or Mount Diablo, but I do have a video from there to share with you!

Trailhead: Baldy Mountain parking area

Trail: Mount Umunhum Trail

Total: 8 miles


The previous Six-Pack-of-Peaks-Challenge article is HERE.

The next one will be HERE as soon as I get to the top of the next peak (and write it down and publish).

You can connect with me on Facebook,  Instagram, and Twitter.

And have a day full of breathtaking views! 🙂

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VIDEO: In the Name of Life | Yosemite National Park

In the Name of Life – a video from my May visit to Yosemite National Park. This time, I brought a friend of mine who’s never been there – and who’s never been camping, either. However, she fell asleep in the tent the moment she closed her eyes and, according to her words, had a great sleep. Maybe Nature is really where we belong…

Spring in Yosemite is the embodiment of young life full of energy and potential. What did the place teach me this time?

 

Fireflies

Here and there, we all need something that is simply beautiful. And, well, I found this.

The place where I live is beautiful, I can’t not say that. But honestly, which place – from all these that our planet gave us – isn’t? From the summits of the Himalayas to the depths of seas and oceans, Nature did the best and gave her attention to every single little detail.

And she made it all beautiful.

But what I miss here, in the place that I call my home now, is a forest with a green meadow next to it and moss wet even in the middle of summer so that whenever you sit on it, your pants get all wet. And whenever my parents took me and my sister to sleep outside in the middle of the woods, we used to see fireflies. These little lights of hope.

And I miss these. I miss them so much that is physically hurts.

So here goes. I’m happy to be sharing something simply beautiful with you for the sake of nothing else but slowing down for a while and enjoying one of the magic moments Mother Nature gave us.

Big thanks to Radim Schreiber for this piece of art. Now go and enjoy your moments of peace.