Day 3 of 2021 Joshua Tree National Park Trip

Third day of my April 2021 southern California trip. I would spend a second full day in Joshua Tree National Park, visiting parts of the park that I left out during my first day of visit: Fortynine Palms Oasis, Split Rock, Barker Dam and Keys View.

Fortynine Palms Oasis

Fortynine Palms Oasis

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Day 2 of 2021 South California Trip: Suicide Rock in San Jacinto Mountains

Second day of my April 2021 southern California trip. I would be hiking Suicide Rock trail in San Jacinto Mountains.

Tahquitz Peak

Tahquitz Peak

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Day 1 of 2021 Joshua Tree National Park Trip

First day of my April 2021 southern California trip. I would spend the entire day visiting Joshua Tree National Park, taking a few popular hiking trails like Hidden Valley, Ryan Mountain and Lost Palm Oasis.

Field of Joshua Tree

Field of Joshua Tree

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Flight Log of Alaska Airlines Flight 5 from Washington DC to Los Angeles

April 2021. Lured by surprisingly low air fares, I took a long weekend flying across the continent to Los Angeles visiting Joshua Tree National Park. This is the outbound flight segment where I flew Alaska from Washington Reagan to Los Angeles. The weather’s so great in the mountain states that it turned out to be the most scenic flight I’d ever taken.

Zion Naitonal Park

Overlooking Zion Naitonal Park

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Winter Hiking at Sky Meadows State Park, Virginia

Mid February, 2021, the last of the season’s snow fell in the mid-Atlantic region. I’d seen quite enough snow this winter, but since it’s weekend, I still decided to take on some hiking in the wild. This time, I picked Sky Meadows State Park in Virginia.

Fields

Fields

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Winter Hiking to Cascade Falls, Patapsco Valley State Park

Snow seemed to frequent mid-Atlantic region a lot more often for the winter of 2020-21. After some snowfall early February, I was again allured by nature covered in white. This time, I headed for Patapsco Valley State Park outside Baltimore.

Cascade Falls

Cascade Falls

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Flight Log of Alaska Airlines Flight 2555 and 6 from Reno to Washington DC via Los Angeles

The last day of my 2020 Lake Tahoe trip as I would be flying back from Reno to Washington DC, with a connection in Los Angeles.

Sunset Glow

Sunset Glow

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Day 6 of 2020 Lake Tahoe Trip, Hunter Creek Trail and National Automobile Museum

Sixth and final day of my Lake Tahoe trip. With most roads into Lake Tahoe still covered in snow, I confined my activities to the city of Reno for the day. I hiked a popular trail, Hunter Creek, in the morning and visited National Automobile Museum in the afternoon.

Waterfall

Hunter Creek Falls

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Day 5 of 2020 Lake Tahoe Trip, North Lake Tahoe, Donner Pass and Downtown Reno

Fifth day of my Lake Tahoe trip. Weather forecast indicated a storm was coming to Lake Tahoe region. Before that storm hit, I visited North Lake Tahoe and Donner Pass, before checking into another hotel in Reno for my final two nights.

Stacked Tunnels

Stacked Tunnels at Donner PassTunnel #7 in front, the longer Tunnel #6 (Summit Tunnel) in the back.

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Day 4 of 2020 Lake Tahoe Trip, Snowshoing to Mount Rose

Fourth day of my Lake Tahoe trip. I would be snowshoeing to the summit of Mount Rose today. At 3285m elevation, it’s the highest mountain near Lake Tahoe in Nevada (third highest overall). It ended up being a grueling day hike from dawn to dusk, but I made it.

Lake Tahoe from Mount Rose

Lake Tahoe from Mount Rose

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