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41: wildflowers & lakes

Updated: Feb 27

Dear Friend,

The sky is already blue before the sun this morning, the Eighth day of October, a Sunday. Clouds on the horizon, rain had been in the forecast, but no longer. What gentle weather! Thanking the day.

Do you have much on your mind’s list to do this week? Maybe you need to get that spare key made, check to see if your car needs an oil change, write the opening line of your autobiography, figure out the protein content in a chunk of Angel Food Cake… no matter what you have to do, I hope that you are aware of the difference you make – your care, your smile, the way you stop what you’re doing to really listen, it is all contagious. Just by being yourself, you are changing the world for the better!

‘The world is a big place’ and ‘it’s a small world.’ From space, the little round earth in its blue and green pajamas, seems at rest. Clouds swirl playfully, sometimes the docile globe appears to be totally enveloped in a big hug of beautiful mist, how nice. You know the truth about this place, the inside story, the good and bad, and it’s home, there’s room for you, you’re welcomed here.

What a discovery, earth.

The nature in California is incredibly diverse and beautiful. We’ve met lots of people from all over the globe that feel certain ways about this particular State in America. (All socioeconomic-political-tenets and factions aside) the land of California (wild and nurtured), topography, birds and wildlife, waterways – nature is a gift. It’s home to creatures. It’s a gift. Human greed aside, California is a wonderful place to be. We do not forget that nature is as fragile as it is savage; as peaceful as it is chaotic; as big as it is small… the earth is a gift that we cherish and respect; grateful to explore so much of this place, we are honored to be able to share our journey with you!

We recently stayed at a small campground in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest of California a short hike from the Hoover Wilderness. The campground amenities are the usual, vault toilets, picnic tables, fire-rings, bear-boxes, garbage/recycling, all appreciated, and the camp host has a Book Exchange box, (which I enjoy).

This campground closes tomorrow at noon and will reopen (weather permitting) early in June next year. At an elevation of over 9k’, when the rains and snows begin, it’s going to get uncomfortable up there. During our stay, the wind kicked up every afternoon and the temps dropped quickly. In our situation, camping in/from our truck, it was difficult (even on a sunny day) to get warm once those winds began. (No complaints, just sanity-checks). That particular camping experience underscored our need to be serious about upcoming winter weather.

The hikes from the campground go up and up and on and on as far as you’d like to hike. And you’ll pass by several pristine snow-melt lakes along the way. (No people swimming or gas motors allowed in any of the lakes). It looks like this little cabin, about a mile from the Hoover Wilderness trailhead, used to be an option if a hiker needed to duck in out of the weather.


But we were there to explore, and also for Frank to work. We seriously delighted in it all: glaciers, streams, waterfalls, wildflowers and lakes, all so beautiful and clean, we wished that you were there with us!


Thank you for checking in to read Tracks by the Post. Please Contact Me and let me know how you’re doing. We appreciate all of your good thinks and care in our direction and we keep you in our Thanksgivings, as well.

Wishing you a really good week!

Gently Be,

Leslie and Frank


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