No More Hermit Crabbe

Picture: Aspen trees in Fall along Dunderberg Meadow Road, Eastern Sierra, California

Image:Aspen trees in Fall along Dunderberg Meadow Road, Eastern Sierra, California

Over the course of the last week, I’ve been a hermit crab(be). I ducked into a hotel in South Lake Tahoe at the beginning of last week to take coverfrom an unseasonably early winter storm. Normally I’d say fall storm since we were only 10 days into the new season. Unfortunately the system came in with such ferocity, streaming down from Alaska and packing a lot of cold air. What was forecast as 6 to 10 inches of snow in the High Sierra, was piled a couple feet high by the time the storm wound its way to the east. I decided to stay in hibernate, playing hermit crab, hoping that the snow would melt to the point where I could achieve a few late-season hikes that I was hoping to do for my current book project. After waiting for five days for the snow to melt, even a Yosemite ranger was unable to complete one of the hikes because of the depth of the snow. If a Yosemite ranger can’t do it, I’m not even going to attempt it.

But all is not lost, and plans it not been totally wasted. Knowing the storm was moving in over California, I decided to use this hibernation time to focus on doing some writing. This was a really nice experience to have a small chunk of time without distraction. Even though I’m heading back out on the road, I know that when I finally get back home I’ll have accomplished quite a lot. Although my online presence has been very lacking over the last few weeks, and will continue to be for another week, I hope to share many new image once I finally get back to my office.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week. A new storm is rolling into town tonight, but rather staying stuck in the same hotel room for another night, this hermit crab is looking for a new shell as he hits the road, climbing back into the truck once again.

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2 Comments on “No More Hermit Crabbe”

  1. Russ Bishop Says:

    Sounds like you made the right call Gary – always nice to have a little quiet time to focus on writing. You captured some beautiful color here considering how late the change has been this year.

  2. David Leland Hyde Says:

    I’m looking forward to reading more. This photograph speaks to me of the Eastern Sierra even more than the more recognizable ones. It has that far away longing and loneliness of the open range and distant mountains that gets that part of the world into your soul.

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