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May 24, 2019

Exciting things are happening here in Fro's World!  I now have an official "Fro's World" Logo!!!  With the new logo, you'll notice that I also did a quick refresh of the website so that I could include the logo in the menu bar.

Stay tuned for more photos, destination reports, etc!!!

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May 6, 2019

Howdy!!!  Is everyone starting to get excited for summer backpacking and hiking season???  

If you're like me, you are, but you're also probably waiting for some of the snow to melt so you can get into the mountains.  Well, once the snow starts to melt one of the places that you can access earlier in the season is the Five Lakes Basin area located north of Interstate 80.  I went two years ago in early July after the big winter of 2017, and it was beautiful!!!  This year, I'd imagine it should start to be mostly free of snow near mid to late June, but I haven't started exploring the area yet, so make sure to check with local ranger stations before heading out in the early season.

If you'd like to check out this hike, I just posted a detailed trip report to the Hiking Destinations section of my site that has pictures, hiking info, maps, etc.  Click the picture below to view the trip report.  Enjoy and make sure to leave no trace since this is a highly used area.    

April 29, 2019

Hello everyone! I want to share with all of you a new photo gallery that I just added to the site!

It's from the Tahoe National Forest an area up Highway 80 that is full of all sorts of good backpacking and hiking locations.Check out the gallery below for some of my favorite photos from there.

Soon, I'll also be posting a trip report to the 5 Lakes Basin in the Grouse Ridge Roadless Area. This is a great early season backpacking trip while you are waiting for the snow to melt at the higher elevations.

Stay tuned and until then, enjoy these photos!

April 22, 2019

Happy Earth Day everyone!

And also an even happier birthday to my Mom!!!

It's pretty awesome to get to celebrate your Mom's birthday on Earth Day.   In fact, I have a shirt which says, "My Other Mother is Nature."  I guess that's kind of true.  Aside from reminding me of my own mother, Earth Day reminds me of how important it is that we take care of our planet.  The number one thing you can do is, please pick up your trash!!!

I always seem to find trash in the most pristine of places.  It's enough to make me second guess even posting about where they are on my blog, social media, etc.   But... but I hope that by people seeing the beauty of these places they will learn to appreciate it as I do.  They'll pick up their own trash, they'll pick up the trash of others, and actually, leave no trace.

Now let me show you some of my all-time favorite places on Planet Earth...

April 20, 2019

Hello fellow hikers!  With spring weather upon us but too much snow to get up into the mountains yet, it's a great time to visit Muir Woods National Monument or the Mt. Tamalpais State Park areas.

If you've followed my blog for a while, you know how much I love "sneaking" into areas that may be harder to get permits to.  Muir Woods National Monument is another one of those areas.  It's not really sneaking in, but it's just avoiding the hassle of getting tickets into Muir Woods via the main entrance.

This hike starts at the Bootjack Parking Lot and winds around the top of the canyon before descending into Muir Woods and then back up to where you started.  For more details, check it out in my Destinations section.  It's in the Muir Woods section and is called, "Ben Johnson and Bootjack Trail to Muir Woods Loop."Here are some photos from this particular hike.  


March 8, 2019

Hello!  Wow, time is flying as always.  This time of year in Northern California, I'm usually starting to get excited for spring hiking and summer backpacking.  We've had a rather wet winter though so it doesn't quite feel the same as it usually does for the end of March.  Instead of starting to balance my time between hiking and skiing, I've mostly only been able to go skiing.  

It also feels different because as you recall, at the beginning of the year I shared that I had met someone who I was looking forward to going on adventures with this year.  Unfortunately, that relationship recently came to an end, so many of my plans for the spring and summer are now changing.  It's okay though.  I learned through opening up my heart that when two people both care for each other and experience the beauty of the outdoors together, it makes that experience all the more rewarding.  As the saying goes, it's better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.  I would have to agree.   Life is about growing, taking chances, and changing.  I wouldn't change any of the chances or choices I made over the last 6 1/2 months.  My path in life crossed paths with an amazing human being who showed me how much more beautiful the world can be with someone else.  It gave me a new emotion to feel and capture when taking my photos and it also made me realize how important it is to keep pushing yourself and creating new experiences for yourself.  Life is unpredictable.  Maybe our paths will cross again, or perhaps new people will come into my life, and a whole new path will begin.  That's the beauty of life, you never know and you just have to go along for the ride and make the most of each day.  

I am going to take what I learned from this experience and apply it to my future.  If meeting one new person and creating new experiences with them was this rewarding, why should it stop?  I should honor that experience by continuing to push my life forward in the same way I did when I took a chance getting into a relationship.  That's why I recently joined several different hiking and backpacking groups on  Last weekend I went out on my first hike with them and it reminded me how great it is to experience nature and the outdoors with new people.  It reminded me how we shouldn't get comfortable in our lives and we should keep pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones.  I visited places I never knew existed, and it showed me how much is out there to explore still.  I just had to find some new people to explore it with.

The lesson that I hope all of you take away from this is life is just like hiking, you have to keep moving forward with awe and wonder for what will come around the next bend or over the next ridge.  All the while remembering all those fantastic miles behind you, all of their ups and downs, and all of the beautiful sights you saw along the way.  It's these miles in the past that have made you who you are at this moment.  Make sure they make you the best version of you that you can be for the miles you still have ahead.   

With that said, here are some of the best moments from my last 6 months.  It's these moments that are inspiring me to make the next 6 months of my life the best yet.  Now go out there and make your next 6 months the best 6 months of your life.   

February 11, 2019

Greetings!!!  I hope everyone is enjoying their winter so far this year.  While I'm getting excited about the spring and summer hiking season being just around the corner, I've been enjoying all the recent snow in the mountains.  In fact, I think this winter I've taken some of my best winter photos ever!  Of course, Mother Nature has sure helped make that happen.

Last weekend I went back to Yosemite.  If you recall, last winter I went to Yosemite, but there was no snow.  It was great for some winter hiking but not for winter photography.  Well, this year was entirely the opposite.  I was supposed to be doing some snowshoeing and hiking but instead spent almost the entire time inside during the coldest winter storm so far this winter.  In fact, they got about 3 times the amount of snow they were forecast to receive, forcing the roads to close and my vacation to be extended until they could clear all the downed trees, snow, and ice from the roads.

I can't complain though because if I had left when I was supposed to leave, I wouldn't have still been in the park to catch Mother Nature dressed in her most beautiful wintery white.  I was supposed to leave Tuesday morning, but since I was snowed in, I was able to get out and explore the park once the storm stopped Tuesday afternoon.  I can't express in words how amazing it was walking around in fresh, untouched powder while the sun's rays broke through onto the valley for the first time in 4 days.  That's kind of the way it seems Mother Nature and adventures work out the best, you just have to go with the flow and make the most of the moment when it strikes!

Big kudos go out to the hospitality crew at the Yosemite Valley Lodge.  They made the inconvenience of being stuck so much easier and even got to know us quite well in the lounge where we'd retire every evening for dinner and drinks.  If you're looking for a great place to stay during the winter in Yosemite, I highly recommend giving them a shot.   

Here is one of the many photos from that adventure.  Enjoy!     

The Merced River and El Capitan

January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!!!To my loyal followers, sorry it's been so long between posts this year.  I'll do my best to give you all a quick update on what I've been up to.

Every new year always causes me to go through a period of reflection on the past year and anticipation for the year ahead.  2018 was a year of ups and downs, but I am looking forward to 2019 more than I have looked forward to a new year in quite some time.  I think 2019 is going to be a year that brings about some significant changes in my life.  Now, instead of anticipating a year similar to the year before it's exciting to think about a year of new experiences and change.

You may recall from an earlier post this year that 2018 didn't start great for me.  I started the year with several health issues that the doctors were never able to figure out.  The good news is they didn't get worse, and I'm doing much better now.  My worst fears of having cancer or some other disease never materialized.  Although I still have some odd lingering health issues, I'm not letting it slow me down and keep me from looking forward to a new and exciting future.

2018 was a year that gave me a whole new perspective on life.  When you worry that you may have a severe disease it causes you to view your entire life differently.  In 2018, I found a new appreciation for skiing, hiking, camping, and backpacking.  Every aspect of my life felt like a new experience because I wasn't sure how long I'd be able to keep doing those things.  It's easy for us humans to get comfortable in our lives.   Life can quickly become a mundane routine, even when doing the things you love because you stop taking the time to stop and smell the roses.  I'm thankful for being able to see life differently in 2018 because it caused me to stop and realize what was missing from the way I had been living life for the last several years.  I realized I needed to live life healthier, practice mindfulness, and stop to appreciate every moment.  It also caused me to realize that while I am happy going out and experiencing the outdoors with my friends, what was missing was a companion.   I was missing that shoulder to lean on, that special someone to share each moment with.  I decided I was going to try to make time for dating again and open myself up to a world that didn't just revolve around me.  Before 2018, I was so focused on doing what I loved doing that I never focused on dating.  People came in and out of my life but they never became the focus of it, and my attention was always on the next adventure.

This is why I'm so excited for 2019.  Late in 2018 I began dating again and am happy to say that I think I have found that companion that was previously missing.  Making time for someone else took some adjusting, and one of the most significant sacrifices was keeping up with this blog.  What didn't change though was my ability to go out hiking, camping, and to continue with the things I loved.  What I gained was someone who I loved to do those things with and who made each moment that much more special than all the moments I've had in prior years.  What I gained was a best friend, an adventure buddy, and a girlfriend all rolled into one.  

As 2019 is now upon me, I am both and excited and scared for the unknown that lies ahead.  No longer does my world just revolve around me, and when you open up your heart to someone else, there is always the chance it gets broken.  However, I know that whatever comes in 2019 it will be one of my best years yet.  All because I decided to make changes to my life in 2018 and most importantly I chose to take the time to find love, beauty, and appreciation in each moment.  If you haven't made these commitments yet to yourself, what are you waiting for?  Do it, life is short.

I hope to share more in 2019 with you all on how this new chapter in Fro's World unfolds.  My posts may be less frequent, but never fear...  I am still running around with my camera and will be sharing with you when I can.  In the meantime here are some photos from some recent adventures with my girlfriend over the last 3 months.

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