PCT Re-Supply Shot- So, I Did This Instead!

I was supposed to meet up with some lady PCT horse riders in the Sierra for their re-supply but they are two days behind because of snow and down trees in mid August!  They are averaging about 7 miles a day. Getting over the passes is slow going for them. Hikers can get around these obstacles a lot easier than horses!  They started in Tuolonme Meadows (Yosemite National Park) Aug 7 and was supposed to be at Kennedy Meadows North on Aug 13 (today).  That’s not going to happen.   So, with my plans for a mountain weekend on hold, I did this instead!

his is a cover song called Barton Hollow by the duo The Civil Wars.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

My Big Fat Bathroom Makeover

When I decided to tackle a long over-due makeover of my half bath, I decided to save myself a few coins and do it myself!  Trouble was…..I had NO idea how to remove a sink, how to take out and replace a toilet, AND I wanted to put up wainscoting! So I do what everyone else on the planet does… I turn to YouTube!  There I found a gazillion videos on how to do just about anything and everything in home improvement.  My favorite was a channel called “See Jane Drill.”  I LOVE her channel. If you are a women who wants to do your own home improvement projects, I highly recommend her channel. She does everything!!!

I have to say the one thing that worried me the most was changing out the light fixture. I really didn’t want to get electrocuted!  I turned off the main breaker switch to the house so that there was NO QUESTION as to which switch went to the correct area I was working!  After I did that, switching out a light is extremely easy.  Home improvement isn’t complicated, but it is hard work!

I hope my little bathroom makeover gives you some ideas and the encouragement to get things done!  🙂

July Winter Wonderland and a Lost Hiker

In this episode of Twylaworld, we head to the Peter Grubb hut to deliver some trail magic on mile 1160 of the Pacific Crest Trail. While there, we meet a character long distance hiker that is literally working his way up the trail. We also meet a real thru hiker  a hiker who hasn’t skipped any sections (she braved all the high Sierra this year) and is trekking her way North to Canada.  We also find a  lost day hiker.  What a day! Oh and THERE IS SNOW lots and lots of SNOW!

 

 

 

Just a Little Coo-Coo on the Loch Leven Trail!

In this episode of Twylaworld, we head up to almost 7000 feet to  some nice and refreshing alpine lakes for swimming and toe dipping.  It’s 107 degrees in the Sacramento Valley, so it’s time to head up into the Sierra for some cooler temps. The snow is FINALLY starting to disappear!

A six mile round trip hike didn’t sound like a big deal when I looked at the map, but you are going to climb 1633 feed in the three miles in and there are lots of  boulder steps to traverse.  You will really work for this swim, but its TOTALLY worth it!  There are three large lakes that are very close together with a fourth smaller lake that is tucked between the second and third large lake. The second lake is the largest and most popular for backpackers.  The water is clear and oh so refreshing!

Take your lunch, swimmin’ britches, sunscreen, bug spray and water. There is a place to filter water along the way if you run out.  The views are spectacular and the lakes are crystal clear!

I would consider this hike on the harder side.

I want to go back and camp next time!

What it’s Like to be a Bird! 

Wow what a snow year for the Sierra! As it’s kinda putting a damper on my usual day hikes this summer with crazy water crossings and slushy snow fields, I’m relieved we have the water for our ranch! Take a flyover with my husband and I as we fly over 11 thousand feet in a Cessna 172 SP then head over to the coast where it’s completely fogged in!

A MONSTER Creek Hike

2017 is the year of record snow and raging waters in California. I’ve been hearing about hikers fording creeks and streams in the High Sierra and having near death experiences. Hiking in the mountains definitely has its challenges this summer!  Fordyce creek is in Northern California portion of the Sierra just North of I-80 off of Hwy 20. As you will see be this vid, this creek is a flowing monster!  Take a rainy walk with me as we hike from Lake Spaulding to  Fordyce Creek Falls.

Point Reyes National Seashore! Let’s GO!

On this episode of Twylaworld, my hiking buddy John and I backpack to Coast Camp at Point Reyes National Seashore. This magical gem of Northern California is a MUST SEE place even if you just go for the day. Our hike was a little over 6 miles each way, however, the particular route we took was little steep in places and the uphills went on for quite a while. We went up and over a few ridges.

Coast camp is right next to the beach, nestled between some hills which protected us from the wind. The surf was just a 2 minute walk from our camp.

Day one was AWESOME. It was foggy, but there was no rain. However, at 2 am, it started raining HARD! The next morning, we packed our gear and hiked out in the rain, skipping out on a good hot cup of coffee. It rained on us most of the way back, but it was actually a lot of fun!
***On a technical note, I had a weird issue with my Rode external mic on my Sony Action cam. You can hear a weird clicking noise in places. I found out through some YouTube searching that I needed to turn the wifi off of my camera! I’ll know next time! I also need to re-work my mount and windscreen. Sorry for some crappy sound in places. I’m working out the bugs in my DIY rig! 

 

I Almost Stepped on a Rattlesnake!

Today on this episode of Twyla World we take a nice hike from the American River Confluence to the town of Cool. It’s only 6.2 miles round trip, however there is a little of a climb to get out of the canyon. You can make this hike much longer if you do the trails in Cool that loop around back to the trail into the Canyon. AND we met a rather large rattle snake!

 

Kentucky Kin Folk

My dad was born and raised in Eastern Kentucky. As a matter of fact, my Kentucky roots go back several generations of Cornetts who came from England and settled in the Appalachian mountains. My dad was able to leave the hollers and a life of  working in the coalmines by joining the Army in 1941. Many lived their entire lives in the hollers, and working in the mines.

I’ll be kicking off my 2017 Summer Concert on the Couch Series this June. I’ll be inviting musical guests (hopefully the show up!) and of course there will be poodles!

 

Day Hike Gone Wrong!

This story took place last year (2016) on Labor Day Weekend in Lassen National Park

Lesson #1.  Never-EVER take essentials out of your day pack even if you think that you are going on a simple day hike in the woods, on a very established trail, and your plans are all laid out.

Lesson #2.  Make sure that the plans for your ride home is well established and known by everyone involved. Make sure everyone repeats back in unison said plans  and there are no misunderstandings. Draw a map if necessary.

The Hike and “Plan”

At noon, three of us set out to hike to the top of Mt. Harkness where there is a lookout tower. This is a 4 mile UP hike with a 3000 ft elevation gain. It kicked my butt pretty good, but the view at the top was spectacular and I highly recommend this hike!  Our plan was to hike to the top (4 miles) then hike down to the other side of the mountain (2 miles) to Lake Juniper where our friends  were kayaking. They would then drive us the 25 miles back to the cabin in which we were all staying.

This is where Lesson #2 comes into play. I don’t want to get into specifics, but there was a huge miscommunication about the plans and we didn’t have a ride when we reached the lake at 5:30pm. We were stuck 25 miles away from the cabin in the woods with NO cell service.

It’s starting to get dark and we are only wearing our thin day hiking clothes and this is where Lesson #1 comes into play.  NEVER TAKE YOUR EXTRA CLOTHES AND OTHER STUFF THAT CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE OUT OF YOUR DAY PACK!  EVER!!!

The Wait in the Cold

We waited by the side of the only road that came into the lake area near some campgrounds. There was a ranger station at the entrance but it was CLOSED!  Labor Day Weekend and nobody at the station? Seriously?  What if someone at the campground needed medical help? It’s getting dark and the temp is rapidly falling.  Now its pitch dark and we are freezing! Do we start hiking the 25 miles?  Well, we gave it a good thought but, not knowing if our ride was coming we could have been out there all night walking and freezing in the pitch dark forest.  So, we decided to ask for help from one of the campers.

Trail Angels! – MULE PEOPLE ARE THE BEST!

Near the ranger station, we spot a corral with a two mules eating hay. Next to the corral was a couple enjoying a beautiful and WARM campfire. We walked over and asked if we could stand by their fire while we waited for our friends who surely would be coming to look for us at the lake!  Well, Dan and Abigail were more than accommodating. They got out extra lawn chairs and served us Coronas!  Trail Angels!!  They were so nice and as it turns out, Dan is friends with someone in my family!  SMALL WORLD!!  It’s now 9:30 pm and nobody is coming to our rescue. We hear a helicopter over head! Is that for us?  Nope. It just kept flying!  Abigail said that if our friends didn’t come for us by 9:30 they would break down camp and drive us back.  9:30 rolls around and no body came. It had been dark for quite some time now. Our trail angels broke down camp, which required them to secure their camper and put away all sorts of stuff for the long bumpy 25 mile ride in the dark. It’s now about 10:00 pm. Still no rescue party from our cabin!  About half-way back to civilization, we spot the folks from our cabin rambling up the dirt road in search of us, completely freaked out and moments from calling the sheriffs office to  initiate a search and rescue operation.

Moral of the Story

There are wonderful people in the world like Dan Sehnert and Abigail Madden. They live by the Cowboy code for sure!  You can’t go wrong with folks who ride mules!!!  On a side note, Abigail finished the 2016 Tevis on her mule “Nan”!   THAT is an amazing feat!

My HUGE  lesson in all of this is to be prepared to spend the night out in the cold (it was 39 degrees and I’m sure it got even colder as the night progressed) even if you are going on a day hike in the wilderness.

What I carry ALL THE TIME when hiking (even for the day) 

  • Compass (and know how to use it!) (I took the REI class!)
  • Bivy Bag (emergency blanket to keep warm)
  • 2 extra emergency “space” blankets
  • Map (for your area to work with your compass)
  • Fire Starting Stuff. (I have a lighter, also a flint starter, and cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly to get a fire going fast)
  • Water – extra food
  • Layers of clothes and rain gear (pants and jacket that I stupidly took out of my pack)
  • Hydration tabs
  • Water filter (Sawyer Squeeze)
  • Water Treatment tabs
  • Extra Cell Phone charging packs (2) with cables (just make sure they are also charged and ready to go) mostly used for GPS signal
  • Duct tape (wrapped to my hiking poles)
  • para cord (50 feet)
  • knife
  • Emergency Locator Beacon
  • First Aid Kit
  • Tyvek (can be used as a tarp, ground cover, footprint for shelter,etc) It’s very light and water resistant
  • Headlamp
  • Signal Mirror (with spotting hole)
  • Hand warmerIMG_2287.JPG

And it doesn’t hurt to watch a couple of YouTube vids on how to survive a night or two in the wilderness.

A video of our hike!  Enjoy a walk in the woods!