A progression of light and color on Fall Mountain #FireLookout
Last year on Memorial Day weekend, I woke up to catch some pics of the Milky Way. After hiking all day and waking up around 1am I was pretty groggy and didn’t think twice about noticing a green haze in the sky behind me. The next day once I made it home, I learned that the green haze was actually the Northern Lights! Only later did I notice how green the house and snow are. Only took 27 years to see them for the first time, hopefully the second time will come sooner! #northcascades #milkyway #northernlights #firelookout #pnw
Ever wonder how the forest service calculates the fire danger rating? Now you know!
The hot weather means it's once again snake season. There are a few things you can do to avoid running afoul of rattlesnakes like this big fella spotted on Vetter Mountain. Wear appropriate footwear, pay attention on the trail (no headphones) and watch where you place your hands when reaching near rocks or wood piles. (Video and tips via @socaltravels
Mockingbird Hill Fire Lookout, the view from up here was absolutely amazing! If you're trying to find a good first hike around Calgary I highly recommend this one. The directions to get here aren't too bad, you head north out of Calgary along Highway 22 for about an hour then make a right turn onto Highway 40 just before the Ghost Station gas station. Once on that road you follow it as it winds through gorgeous prairies and past stunning mountain views. Eventually the normal asphalt road transform to dirt road and you will notice plenty of happy Albertans enjoying the beautiful countryside. Follow this dirt road until a left turn onto Waiporous Valley Road leads you down a tighter route into the woods. The road passes the entrance to Camp Mockingbird and at about 2.8km take a the right fork at the Y junction. 3.2km more down the road you'll go over a one lane bridge and then about 0.7km further and you'll find a few sign posts missing signs on the right side of the road. Park you car at the bottom of this beaten up road and start your hike up. You'll pass a few gates and signs saying no shooting allowed and before long you'll reach the top and the lookout. If she is currently there the lookout is very friendly and knowledgeable and will be more than willing to sit and chat with you for a bit!
#explorealberta #truenorth #canada #offroad #adventures #lookout #alberta #calgary #yyc #firelookout
"If you don't take risks, you'll have a wasted Soul" - Drew Barrymore
360-degree view of the Sierras 🏔
Hike number two was up to an old fire lookout cupola, I’ve got a soft spot for these things. I’m sure it wasn’t a glamorous job to man the towers but to witness the sun’s quest from start to finish and watch the storms roll across the range...What.A.View. Even the outhouse has a clear view of Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Hood (of course I sat in it for the full experience). #blackbutte #firelookout #hikeoregon