Category Archives: Western U.S. & Canada

Badger Pass: Yosemite in Winter

Yosemite Valley, CA – Sometimes life is tough and duty calls. In February 2000, as part of my official duties at NASA, I attended the “Yosemite 2000” Conference on Comparative Aeronomy in the Solar System, where both the science and the recreation were excellent. Winter in Yosemite is quiet time. I have been there in September and it was … Continue reading Badger Pass: Yosemite in Winter

Sierra-at-Tahoe: Pleasantly Unassuming

Twin Bridges, CA – It seems like every multi-resort ski region possesses one or more areas within its boundaries that, for whatever reason, often doesn’t get the big press, the big buzz, or whatever other dues it’s owed. In Northern California, Sierra-at-Tahoe seemingly fills that role rather too well. Lying only some twelve miles south … Continue reading Sierra-at-Tahoe: Pleasantly Unassuming

Kirkwood: Earning It the Hard Way

Photos by Marc Guido Kirkwood, CA – California is known for many things – sunny beaches, drive-by shootings, high tech IPOs, thirty million souls clustered between the San Andreas fault and the Pacific Ocean, and an roaring state economy which proudly lays claim to being bigger than that of most Third World countries.  Kirkwood, literally … Continue reading Kirkwood: Earning It the Hard Way