Hiking Through Yosemite

There is no place in the world like Yosemite! Whether you are driving around the Valley, wandering through the giant sequoias in the Mariposa Grove, drinking lemonade at the Wawona Lodge, climbing Half Dome, looking out from Glacier Point, swimming in Tenaya Lake, or backpacking in the high country, every visitor owes a prayer of gratitude to John Muir and all the other people who helped preserve this unique wilderness. (Sadly, the average visitor to Yosemite sees none of this because they drive in and out of the Yosemite Valley in just one day and many never even leave their vehicle.)

This year our crew decided to start our backpacking trip at White Wolf, hike down to Pate Valley and up the Grand Canyon on the Tuolumne, past Waterwheel and La Conte Falls, into Glen Aulin, and on to Tuolumne Meadows. These places are legendary among backpackers Continue reading

Summer Camp at Wolfeboro

For generations, Scouts have made the pilgrimage to Camp Wolfeboro to experience the joys of an old-fashioned summer camp. It’s a place where Scouting traditions are of great consequence, and the ghosts of Wolfeboro’s venerable Pioneers are with you during every flag ceremony, campfire, swim test, rifle shoot, and trip to the KYBO. It’s a place grandfathers love to talk about and today’s Scouts love to hate.

Camp Wolfeboro was founded by the Berkeley Council in 1928 in the high Sierra Nevada Mountains on the shores of the Stanislaus River, across the river from family-oriented Camp Baxter. A few decades later, Camp Baxter closed down and its property was absorbed by Wolfeboro, who built new camp sites and remodeled the dining hall and medical shack into a nature lodge and hike shack. Not much has changed at Wolfeboro since then. Continue reading