Entering Eldorado National Forest
Can you see any bears?
Yuliya is ready for her race tomorrow
Flying down Tahoe Rim Trail
Never mind the dusty legs :P
Can still see the suntan through the dust :D
Uphills... who said it's going to be easy?
Well, that was fun?
SFRC and BayBirds podium faces :)
Photo courtesy of Aylwin
Second female, second age group, 4th overall!!!
Next day looking at the finish area at Spooner Lake
Jogging around Lake Spooner
Spooner lake from the other side
Grover Hot Springs State Park
On the way home already
Ebbets Pass - still no bears...
Quick stop at Kinney Reservoir
A lookout stop before Hermit Valley
Cool-looking stone islands
Approaching Bear Valley - still no bears!!!
Yuliya gracefully climbs some random boulder
... And then intently gazes somewhere far away
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
They didn't lie about the big trees...
The "Discovery Tree" measured 7.3 m in diameter at its base and was determined by ring count to be 1,244 years old when felled.
Graham for scale
The scale is hard to put into perspective...
Another felled tree :(
You can pretty much walk inside of this one...
Mother of the Forest
The Mother of the Forest (667 BCE – 1854 CE) was an ancient and huge Sequoiadendron tree. In 1854 he had the bark stripped from the trunk. Once the bark was removed, the tree did not survive for long. In 1908, a fire that swept through the area burned away much of what was left of the tree.
The Pioneer Cabin Tree