Friday Lens Affair 134


Desolation Wilderness, Lake Tahoe, California, USA

Today I’m featuring this superb night photograph from Desolation Wilderness taken by Angel Moreno from Anywhere at Home Blog.

Although he moved to a different country at the age of nineteen.

It wasn’t until the last year when he started documenting his adventure experiences along with his girlfriend on their blog!

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Photo Story: Desolation Wilderness

We’ve been exploring California for the past two years and hadn’t yet made it to Lake Tahoe.

Desolation Wilderness is south-west of Lake Tahoe and is the most-used wilderness area per acre in the United States.

It’s a great destination for backpackers and for weekend adventures. Although most popular during the summer season, there is just as much beauty during the winter and early spring.

To prepare, we made reservations, looked at the weather, and traced our route. During the week leading up, a snowstorm hit Tahoe, and Desolation Wilderness was blanketed with snow.

We packed warmer clothes and included a snow shovel and our best sleeping bags. After a drive from Mountain View. We were ready to adventure out into the Wilderness.

The car was left at Inspiration Point, overlooking Emerald Bay. We strapped on our packs and started our trip via the Bayview Trailhead.

The trail steepened quickly, leading to heavy breathing and little conversation as we ascended Maggie’s Peak. There, the ground disappeared under the snow, and our steps were cautious, following the footsteps and snowshoe tracks of adventurers before us.

We hiked for hours through an alpine forest, enjoying the white powder and pines of the mountains.

A couple of backpackers passed us, they had come from Dick’s Peak, our intended destination for the following day.

We knew we were going in the right direction, and so we trod on through the snow.

Around six o’clock, it was time to stop. The night was just around the corner. It was then we decided to start looking for a place to set up camp. It’s never fun to try to set up camp with no sunlight and frozen fingers.

We melted snow to cook our meals and prepared hot chocolate. They were basic dehydrated backpacker meals.

It wasn’t high cuisine you can get at a five-star restaurant, but to us, it tasted like the best five-star meal.

We earned that meal with each step we took through the snow. It tasted, for the lack of a better word, delicious. With warm bellies and tired bodies, we were ready to be done with the day.

Before heading to bed, we wanted to be safe from bears, mountain lions, and any other creature out there looking for a meal.

It’s not enough to cook your meals 100 feet away from your campsite, but you also have to think about where to store your food and trash.

There was a tree with the perfect branch to hang our trash and our food for the days ahead, along with anything that smells. We set up camp off the trail near an embankment of snow.

Tahoe was visible in the distance, peeking out through a set of peaks. Right when I was about to head to bed, I grabbed my camera. I had to share the magic of the night and the soft blanket of snow.

There is nothing better than sleeping outside, even in the brisk cold. Curled up in our sleeping bags, we breathed in the cold air and felt refreshed.

The next morning, there were mountain lion tracks twenty feet away from our tent. We had a visitor in the night, who was kind enough to not disturb our slumber.

With breakfast in our bellies and our packs on our back, we were ready to head deeper into the Desolation Wilderness.

The Desolation Wilderness is a 258.8 km2 federally protected wilderness area in the Eldorado National Forest and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, in El Dorado County, California.

The crest of the Sierra Nevada runs through it, just west of Lake Tahoe.

Desolation is a popular backpacking destination, with much barren rocky terrain at the edge of the tree line. It has extensive areas of bare granite rock formations.

The Tahoe Rim Trail and Pacific Crest Trail pass through the wilderness. A list of other trailheads that provide access to the wilderness follows.

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20 thoughts on “Friday Lens Affair 134

  1. That’s a beautiful photo. I like the story that goes along with it, too. I think I’d have a trouble sleeping a 2nd night at that site after spotting mountain lion tracks around my tent.
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  2. Wow, that is an incredible photo! And it sounds like a great trip. We love traveling AND camping. We used to backpack, though I’m not able to anymore for medical reasons. But we still take our little pop-up camper all over the country! Since we are on the East coast, we haven’t seen much of CA (just the main attractions!) and have never been to Desolation Wilderness, though I have heard a lot about it. Thanks for sharing your adventures!

    I found you through Small Victories Sunday Linkup.


    P.S. I just posted photos from a recent trip to South Dakota on my blog! One of our favorite places to visit.
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    • Sue the picture from Dakota I great, I would love to visit this state eventually! Thanks for stopping by my blog and hey camping can be demanding on your body but from time to time is fun!
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  3. This is one of the most evocative photos of camping in the wild that I’ve seen. I wish I was there!
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    • Yeah, it should be on all possible flyers about camping, whole world would go camping ha ha ha
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  4. Brooke of Passport Couture

    Beautifully-told story! I thoroughly enjoyed savoring each word and description and I thought of my days camping when I was younger. There’s something about the open wilderness that makes you crave for more of it.
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    • Couldn’t agree more, being in the wild is like nothing else and always want me to do more :)
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  5. I love nature! I love being in the mountains! But, I draw the line where it comes to wild beasts of the forest. You’ll not find me setting up camp in the middle of nowhere for big, furry creatures on four legs to gobble me up. lol You’re much braver and more adventurous than me to tackle backpacking in untamed areas. The nightsky shot is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing the story and phot.

    PS: Feel free to hop over to link up with me for #WW!
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  6. This is wild Marysia, thanks linking and sharing at Monday WRites

    much love…
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  7. Kreete

    What a great story and love the photo too! Why haven’t I ever thought about illuminating the tent from the inside for a photo.. Will try it out next time! Thanks for sharing!

    • Yeah, it is a great trick,ehh so simple and yet not so :) Let me know what are the results of your experiments :)
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  8. Jessika Carrick

    Mountain lions? How do you feel about that? I personally would be quite frightened, but its an experience I would love to live. I’ve only seen this site a couple of times; so I have to ask, have you ever been to Canada?

  9. Wiola Starczewska

    Charming! and the story too. How can I take part and send my photo with a story like this?

    • Wiola napisz do mnie emaila prosze przez zakladke kontaktowa i powiem Ci co i jak :)
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  10. Alyse Frank

    Stunning photography! What an amazing experience…

  11. anil_traveller

    Absolutely Stunning! Love the picture and the backstory – close with the mountain lions there though. :)

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