Welcome to my Wilderness Journal

You may enjoy my September 2012 blog: Sharing Experiences of Great Mystery, which describes the purpose of this wilderness log, photo-art gallery, and poetry corner. In Peace, Bob

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Yosemite High Country Captured from 30,000'

My summer playground Yosemite High Country captured on my flight to Phoenix. Enjoy!



Friday, April 18, 2014

Hiking Northern New Mexico from 35,000'

The Pecos Wilderness peaks


Yesterday I flew home to Sacramento from the Mississippi Gulf Coast where I grew up in the early 1960s. I spent the 1970s in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Taos in northern New Mexico. The Taos-Santa Fe area is about halfway along a straight line between San Francisco and my boyhood home in Long Beach Mississippi. Flying and driving along this "transect" for the last forty-six years I've come to view this stretch of the earth as a spiritual pilgrimage. 

I chose a seat on the north side of the plane so I might get a God's Eye view of the very special Sangre de Cristo Mountains I've explored with my Taos friend David Witt. Here are the views I came away with.

West Spanish Peak in Colorado

The Colorado Sangre de Cristos (left) and Spanish Peaks on the right


Las Vegas, New Mexico


Hermit's Peak near Las Vegas New Mexico which I climbed in 1971 with Larry McClintock

The Pecos Peaks



SE of Santa Fe possibly showing the E.T. Seton Ranch area


Flying towards Gallup Area

Last New Mexico view "Adios Land of Enchantment"

Monday, April 7, 2014

Following Pahoehoe and Petroglyphs to the Newborn Sea


Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has a magnificent drive called the Chain of Craters that starts on the rim of Kilauea Crater at 3980' elevation and falls steeply across recent lava flows to a new shoreline of lava cliffs. Along the way is the trail to the Pu'u Loa petroglyhs where one gets a very personal connection with the ancient Hawaiians through their artwork in the rocks.
Enjoy the photographs.













Early Morning on the Kilauea Iki Trail in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

On our last day in the park I set off alone in a drizzle to complete the Kilauea Iki (small Kilauea) ciruit trail which begins on the lush fern forest of the crater rim and leads down into the 55 year-old crumpled bed of the lake of lava that spewed heavenward in 1959. Here are my best pics of this wonderful adventure.







































Visiting Pele's Fire in Volcanoes National Park Hawaii





In March-April of 2014 I toured the Big Island of Hawaii and Oahu with my family. My favorite time was spent in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park which has an astounding array of volcanic, plant and wildlife wonders. Here are some of my best images from that trip.