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Linda JeffersIn a world of so many great photographers and writers, I am venturing into some unknown territories, leaving comfort zones, finally very willing to practice the art of seeing. By maintaining the practice of posting daily photos, I hope to continue learning about the possibilities that I trust are out there for the taking.

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Another fun day with Leila and Ray.

Not as early as morning walk as planned.

Ray and Lee posing by the Dinah Shore statue on the 18th hole of the Dinah Shore course.

While Lee is getting her 1.5 hour massage with Yesi, I ran into Diana at Starbucks.

Interesting behavior by Starbucks' pidgeons. It looks as if the one pidgeon was eating food off the face of the other.

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Sister Leila arrived today.

My sister Leila from Portland will be staying for a visit until Monday afternoon. I’m gonna have fun. She asked if she could come for a visit while I was in Mammoth. I love our alone time.

Yesterday while in LA at the Book Study I received 5 bouquets of flowers plus many wonderful cards. The house is a bloom for Leila’s visit.


Waiting for Leila at the airport, I shot this:

While out on a late afternoon golf course walk with Leila:

Home and trying to catch up.

I’m back. My trail partner, Tailwinds, has more time than I do and has posted a re-cap of our John Muir Trail backpack. Click here to view what she has written on her blog.

I will be working on my photos and hopefully post a few tonight. Here is a photo of me and the two best friends anyone could ever have.

Gatekeeper, Tailwinds, and Gottago. Middle Fork Kings River (just south of Le Conte Canyon)

A relaxing day.

Tailwinds arriving yesterday. Our friend Liz arrives tomorrow morning...being delivered by wonderful Fred Air.

Tailwinds and I laid out our food, doubting whether we had too much or too little. My food is laid out from pillow to bottom of the bed on the left side. The 3 muskateer's are NOT mine. I think I like backpacking so much because I get to play with food so much.

After playing with our food, Ray, Tailwinds and I went to lunch at the Tamarack Lodge down the road. There wasn’t much time to hike before our 4:15 massages so we didn’t hike.

Liz arrives tomorrow morning. Fred Air (Tailwinds wonderful mate who lives in Stockton) is picking Liz up in Sacramento and flying her to Mammoth. Should be a fun day.

An incredible view of the Sierra and the trail we’ll be hiking.

Tailwinds planned a backpack to make up some miles she had missed during her 2008 PCT thruhike. Liz and I are joining Tailwinds to backpack about 80 miles of the PCT from south of Pinchot Pass north to Vermilion Valley Resort on Lake Edison. We begin our hike September 4th.
Fred flew Tailwinds to the Mammoth airport this morning. Tailwinds waited in the airport while Fred graciously took me up for an hour and 15 minute flight over the Sierra. We found Taboose Pass trail and flew the route Tailwinds, Liz and I will be backpacking. I shot off over 300 photos. I was so excited I didn’t know which way to look first. Flying over my playground has to be one of the highlights of my life. Tailwinds’ mate, Fred, has flown his entire life. He made me feel so comfortable I forgot to get nervous or feel sick. Thank you, thank you Fred.

Below are some of the photos from the flight.

Mt Morrison or Laurel Mt at Convict Lake.

Mountains as we flew south from the airport towards Bishop.

Taboose Pass

West side of Taboose Pass where we will descend 3 miles to the PCT.

More of the area we'll be hiking through.

An isolated cirque lake.

Shot while flying north from Taboose Pass.

Colby Meadow, lower right corner, is where Fred and Rowland will horsepack in to meet us. Colby Meadows is north of McClure Meadows along Evolution Creek.

Happy Linda.

Fred and Tailwinds.

Fred's Bonanza - V-tail

There are more shots I’ll be uploading to the portfolio section of this website, later.