Scott's Lake NF
After a hectic month we are going to boondock in one of our favorite places along Hwy 88 near Kirkwood Ski Resort in Hope Valley and just relax and recharge. Along the way up you pass several lakes. Much cooler and almost no wildfire smoke.
Red Lake as viewed at the top of the Carson Pass, 8652 ft elevation.
Ah, our spot that sits between a meadow and the pines and aspen.
Until a couple of weeks ago there were cattle grazing this meadow. It's pretty dry out this year.
Steve's office for the next 3 weeks.
There are a few others, all spaced out along the meadow.
The first week we just relaxed, walked the rivers, and hiked a little.
The West Carson River
Nice deep pools among the large boulders.
We drove some back roads and cached a little too.
Besides settlers coming to the goldrush, this area was home to Snowshoe Thompson.
Steve got a picture of me fishing in one of the pools.
I loved how the beams of sun made layers in the wildfire smoke that would settle in, in the evening.
Donner State Memorial Park. In case you didn't hear this part of California's history, The Donner Party was a group of pioneers that set out for California in a wagon train in May 1846. Departing from Independence, Missouri, they were delayed by a series of mishaps and mistakes, and spent the winter of 1846–47 snowbound in the Sierra Nevada. Some of the pioneers resorted to cannibalism to survive. Besides the campground, they have a nice museum here.
Brennan and Alex
Hurley found a new girlfriend.
Brennan, Alex and Alex's Dad, Sebastian. Thanks guys for a great time and BBQ!Hope Valley Café. We ate at this cute little spot along the river a couple of times while here. We also saw the movie, Crazy Rich Asians. It was pretty funny.