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Stock Up on Quality Good Times

Josiah Peffer


You don't always need to have a checklist, agenda or tons of time to make memories. Most of the time it's those spur of the moment,"Hey, what are we doing? Let's do something!" days where memories are made. And you're off. This time, a detour from a little business trip brought together veteran UTF homies, Kevin Repan, Brad Bolton and myself. We headed onto old dirt roads and rocky trails similar to those you see on your way to Makalawena or the old road to Kua Bay. Our destination  - a natural hot springs oasis lining the Carson River. The river flows through the alpines of California and spills into the Carson Valley in Nevada. Usually, it's pretty full and uncrossable. Certain months you need to kayak or raft down the river or head in on a single track trail to get to the hot springs. The water was so low we walked across it. The next day, I woke up with the sun to fish. But I came back to camp with nothing but a couple of lost lures so took to the river in search for some crawdads, also known as crayfish. We gathered around the fire that evening and caught up on old stories of our youth told a thousands times and talked about the excitement of things to come.

You can take a group of people out of their element, but the smart ones adapt and search under every nook and cranny to reveal the best of their new surroundings. Whatever that may be, think of a tree top. It faces many elements, but it's roots always stay right where they started.

Photos by : Kevin Repan, Brad Bolton, Josiah Peffer

Yosemite | Paradise Has Many Names

Josiah Peffer


Yosemite, twice in one week. Why not? Better get while the gettin's good. Change is in the air throughout the mainland. The leaves are changing color and the sunlight fades earlier, which is why these final summer days are crucial for logging in some serious outdoor time so we packed up the ol' Ford and headed to Yosemite, not once but twice in one week.

For people in the Bay Area it's a quick two-and-a-half hour drive, really nothing to it. With good tunes and great company, you're there in two shakes. We made a pit stop before Yosemite in the foothills near Groveland and set up camp. There was a secret fishing hole along the Tuolumne River we had to scout in the morning.


The Tuolumne River flows for almost 150 miles, eventually spilling into the San Francisco Bay. Along the way people can enjoy white water rafting, kayaking, fly-fishing, cliff jumping and fishing. The next day, we fished until we couldn't stand up. We explored the crystal clear pools with a dive mask to see what the fish see And we fished some more. The main pickings were rainbow trout.


With a storm on the horizon, we packed up and headed into Yosemite National Park. The traffic leaving the park was a good sign, fewer barneys in the valley. Yosemite in the summer can be a destination vacation. There's no reason to leave. Visitors can hike, camp, climb, swim and fish for months and not scratch the surface of what the park offers. We explored the valley, hiked to Bridal Veil Falls' pool and walked the approach of the mighty El Capitan. We ventured into no-man's land to escape the shovel loads of tourists and found ourselves in Tuolumne Meadows.


The Sierra Nevada mountains have been explored for centuries. It's crazy to think Yosemite, as vast as it is, is a handful of sand amongst a beach of mountains. For us east of Hawaii, we've kissed our summer goodbye. Until next summer, here's some more photos to hold you over.

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Photos By : Josiah Peffer, Crystal Hernandez