2008 Guest Book Entries

Name: Stacey S
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 4:40:03 PM
Comments: Hi, While searching for hikes in the Napa Valley area, your website came up. I just want to say that everything I've read seem so amazing. I want to go on all the hikes you've listed...my friends and I are actually going to do a bunch this coming year. Thanks for all the information - they're all very helpful! One day, I'll start up something like this site! Stacey

Name: John Preston
Location: Tecumseh, MI, USA
Date/Time: Monday, November 17, 2008 5:44:00 AM
Comments: I really like your webpage. Your hikes look amazing!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Philmont
2. Glacier National Park
3. Natchez Trace

Name: Casey
Location: Reno, NV
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 4, 2008 3:23:45 PM
Comments: Hi Kevin, I just wanted to let you know that I love your hiking pages for Lake Tahoe. My friends and I use your site often. It has given much needed guidance to a new hiker. Thanks, Casey
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Eagle Lake/Desolation Wilderness
2. Whites Creek - Galena Creek Park
3. John Muir Woods

Name: mayu
Location: SF, CA
Date/Time: Saturday, October 24, 2008 12:34:33 AM
Comments: Hi Kevin! Just wanted to let you know that we have bookmarked your Mt. Tallac hike and attempting it tomorrow bright and early. Thank you for your concise record and the pictures are amazing!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Mt. Fuji, Japan
2. Mt. Tam, California

Name: Leigh Rodwick
Location: Venice, CA
Date/Time: Thursday, September 18, 2008 11:33:04 PM
Comments: I have been visiting this site since 2001. I never thought to say thank you until today. (Actually, it's been a while since I've been back). I was driving the 395 a few weeks ago telling my friend about this great trip that I wanted to take, that, frankly, I felt like I had already taken! It was your Rae Lakes Loop trip from 2001. I just logged on to see if I could send her the link and it was still there. Keep up the great work. You and your site are very special. I am so glad to see you are still at it! Thank you so much.

Name: Carl and Debbie Foote
Location: Boardman,Ohio USa
Date/Time: , September 13, 2008 7:03:48 PM
Comments: Just read your entry on the Sierra Buttes. Great pictures and I told Debbie that it sounded just like our hike. We did not encounter a lot of teens but there was a family that brought along their 4 or 5 year old daughter and they got her to climb the first set of stairs but would not cross the horizontal to the next step. She said she was scared, we tried to encourage her but left before she moved on. It was a great trip for a flat lander. We went with my sister and brother in law who live near Nevada City. It was a great day in early August of this year, perfect weather, crystal clear sky and great temp. Thanks for your posting.

Name: tom shavel
Location: chester,nh USA
Date/Time: , September 6, 2008 12:42:23 PM
Comments: Your jounal and pictures of the Rae Lakes loop brought back fond memories of my trip there in 1978. We went through Glens Pass in waist deep snow in late July. Also, when I was there there were no bear boxes. We hung our food in trees. I guess the bears are smarter now! Also, I don't remember there being so many restrictions on where one could camp. Could be my memory though. Thanks again for the great write-up and pictures

Name: Joe Chin
Location: Riverside, Ca, USA
Date/Time: Saturday, August 29, 2008 12:02:51 AM
Comments: After reading your post on Rae Lakes Loop, I am excited to say I will be leaving for there on Sunday. Hope all goes well and I forge some memorable experiences as you clearly have. Cheers.

Name: D.Caine
Location: Pelham/NY/USA
Date/Time: Thursday, August 28, 2008 5:26:02 PM
Comments: I have a query on a type of pentomino-puzzle that I've not seen elsewhere... Given: a 9x9 grid in a box with 4 walls, & a complete set of 12 Pentominos. Problem_1_(EASY): Place the 12 pieces on the 9x9 grid so that they are "trapped" in 2 dimensions. The only way for any piece to move is by LIFTING, not SLIDING. Problem_2_(MEDIUM): Place the 12 pieces on the 9x9 grid so that they define 21 separate squares. These 21 square holes are allowed to touch the outer-edge of the 9x9 grid, but they cannot touch each other any closer than by a single corner. QUERY: Can a single solution be found which solves both of the above problems? If not, can it be proven impossible without exhausting all possible computer iterations (I.E.: without "brute force" computing)?

Name: Trisha
Location: Pacifica, CA
Date/Time: Thursday, August 14, 2008 11:10:06 AM
Comments: Thanks for this website! I just moved to the area and starting looking for ways to get into the hills and mountains, that is how I found you. Your experiences and trail details are amazing. One place I would suggest on your places to visit is definitely Glacier NP in Montana. Really, any place in Western Montana is a gem, it will not disappoint. Thank you again for sharing your knowledge and expertise.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Highline Trail GNP
2. Pacific Crest Trail Trinity Mt
3. AT Mt Washington ME

Name: Gregg Bratt
Location: gregg_bratt@yahoo.com
Date/Time: , August 2, 2008 1:50:53 PM
Comments: Hi Kevin, Thanks for helping me relive my 1977 of Mt. Dana. I was 33 and in top condition..I lived in Marin so Tuolumne Meadows was a quick trip that I'd make 2-3 times in the summer.I had been there for probably a week and one morning I decided to stroll up the apparently easy slope. I remembered only one thing.......going very slow..Now when I watch the videos of Everest climbers plodding one foot in front of the other, I'm reminded that is all I could muster at 12-13k. I never did it again, can't say I miss it, but Thanks again for an excellent description of a truely memorable hike.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Mt. Dana
2. Paria Wilderness
3. Grand Canyon

Name: Paul
Location: Folsom/CA/US
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 2:31:36 PM
Comments: Great site Kevin! Really like all the good info on all the great hikes! :)
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Half Dome
2. Waterwheel (Leconte) Falls
3. Mt. Tallac

Name: Allan
Location: Walnut Creek, CA
Date/Time: Saturday, July 18, 2008 2:22:49 PM
Comments: Aloha Kevin! No, I'm not from Hawaii, but I just finished the most enjoyable hike I've ever done, Lake Aloha in Tahoe. I highly recommend it to you, or anyone (although it has some nasty sections of loose rocks...think Tallac!!!). The destination is well worth the effort! Anyway, I've used your site extensively for planning hikes and trips. I'm going to try my luck at Woods Lake next weekend...your photos of the area are spectacular!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Half Dome--Yosemite (100% pain, but 100% worth the effort!)
2. Lake Aloha--South Lake Tahoe
3. Tie--Mt. Diablo, Freel Peak, El Capitan via Yosemite Falls (in snow!)

Name: thuy
Location: san francisco
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 16, 2008 8:03:09 AM
Comments: hi kevin! found your website while googling for hiking mount lassen. your write up is excellent, pictures and all. thanks!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. half dome, yosemite
2. angel's landing, zion
3. tomales point, point reyes

Name: Christina Emerick
Location: Toronto, Canada
Date/Time: Sunday, July 6, 2008 7:11:49 AM
Comments: Thank you for the great information, nice pictures and easy to navigate site.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Awausee Trail, Lake Superior Park
2. High Falls Trail, Petroglyphs Park
3. Bluff Trail, Awenda Park

Name: Ed Barker
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 9:07:41 PM
Comments: Great site. My wife and I were in Yosemite mid May. Absolutely fabulous! The Panorama Trail from Glacier Point to Happy Isles should not be missed.It took 6 hours and was worth it. Also, Sentinel Dome was excellent and easy and I highly recommend it also. The Tioga Road had just opened and we were not able to hike there, still too much snow. Next trip that is where we are headed.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Highline Trail, Glacier National Park
2. Panarama Trail, Yosemite National Park
3. Van Trump Park, Mount Rainier/mid August

Name: Linda
Location: Clovis, CA
Date/Time: Tuesday, June 17, 2008 11:20:46 PM
Comments: Excellent site! Kevin, you did a fantastic job with describing the trail conditions. Thanks!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Cathedral Lakes
2. Chilnualna Falls
3. Kaiser Peak

Name: Tim Murai
Location: San Lorenzo, CA
Date/Time: Saturday, June 6, 2008 1:48:04 PM
Comments: Hi Kevin! Thanks so much! What a great site. My Girlfriend and I have been trying to get out and do some light hiking and this weekend we are finally getting out. Almaden Quicksilver looks perfect. Thanks again for the information!

Name: Teri
Location: Salt Lake City
Date/Time: Tuesday, June 3, 2008 9:16:26 AM
Comments: Nice site! I have been wanting to create a site for my hikes and photos, and your site gives me motivation to do so! Nice Work! I am going to Lake Tahoe next month and some of the trails are what brought me to our site. Thanks!

Name: Adrien Patane
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Date/Time: Thursday, May 22, 2008 12:56:25 PM
Comments: Kevin - Brilliant site, like others I have recently moved to San Francisco from Manhattan, totally adore the area and your site will help me explore with very open eyes the wonderful hikes and scenery the area has to offer! Adrien
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Mt Kilimanjaro (Machame Route)
2. Mt Everest Base Camp & Gokyo Ri Nepal
3. Inca Trail Peru

Name: Karena Lee
Location: Mountain View, Ca
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 20, 2008 11:42:06 AM
Comments: Hi! I've been using your website for information on day trips and backpacking trips. This weekend I'm heading up to Lassen Park and after looking at your Lassen entries I'm even more EXCITED :) Thanks for posting! Your pictures are gorgeous!!

Name: Scott Shimatsu
Location: Alhambra/CA/USA
Date/Time: Tuesday, May 6, 2008 7:35:03 PM
Comments: Kevin, Thanks for sharing your experiences. I enjoyed your short and sweet descriptions. I am planning a trip on the Lakes Trail and I'm definitely looking forward to it. Take care of your feet!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Tuolomne Meadows-Devil's Postpile
2. Humphrey's Basin
3. (The next one)

Name: Steve
Location: Suffolk United Kingdom
Date/Time: Saturday, April 11, 2008 7:19:39 AM
Comments: Hi Kevin Found your imformitive and inspiring web page when looking for mist falls in Kings Canyon. After reading your account we will now continue to Paradise Valley. We last visited California in 1983 and are looking forward to it.Don't ever give up on your web page, its the best i've found Regards Steve
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Alice Lake Sawtooths Idaho
2. Grinnell glacier Glacier N.P.
3. Short Hike on the Perito Moreno Glacier Argentina

Name: tom mangan
Location: San Jose, California
Date/Time: Tuesday, April 8, 2008 11:01:07 PM
Comments: Just a suggestion: an RSS feed, so we can find out about new hikes.
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Panorama Trail, Yosemite
2. Tomales Point Trail, Point Reyes National Seashore
3. Mount Sizer Loop, Henry W. Coe State Park

Name: Ephriam
Location: Sacramento, CA
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 25, 2008 6:55:02 PM
Comments: Hi Kevin. I used to camp with my family near Paker Lake in the early 1960's. This entire area has been a favorite of mine ever since. I finally hiked to the Buttes Lookout in 1980. I clearly saw Mt. Lassen to the north, Mt. Shasta with binoculars, the back side of Castle Peak to the south (near Donner Summit), and the Sutter Buttes in the middle of the Northern Sacto Valley to the west along with the N. Yuba River Canyon below. Since then, I've made the hike in 1995 and 2003. I just really enjoyed doing this each time with different people. Thanks for posting your wonderful photos and sharing your experience. I have many wonderful memories of being in this recreational area, and you've reminded me of them once again. Sincerely, Ephriam
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Round Top Peak near Kirkwood Meadows Hwy 88
2. Emigrant Basin north of Sonora Pass (Kennedy Meadows area)
3. Mac Davis Trail at the Mt. Tamalpais area

Name: Don Marshall
Location: Livermore, CA, USA
Date/Time: Sunday, March 23, 2008 8:24:17 PM
Comments: Hi Kevin, I stumbled across your site while researching Mt. Diablo. My wife and I have just recently moved to the West Coast from the East coast, and we are looking forward to exploring the area. I think your site will be a great help to us. Thanks!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Mt. Kilimanjaro
2. Crabtree Falls, Shenandoah mtns., Virginia
3. Mt. Wilson, Sedona, Arizona

Name: julie
Location: los angeles
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 2:56:46 PM
Comments: Kevin! you are my hero and living my dream life of hiking some of the world's most beautiful places. I can't thank you enough for the most detailed information I have ever seen on a site for hiking..And free! Thanks a million! Julie David

Name: Tina
Location: Antioch, Ca
Date/Time: Monday, March 17, 2008 10:19:58 PM
Comments: Hi Kevin, Found your site from Google doing a search for Car Camping tips. Wonderful site, lots of great information and pictures. Keep up the wonderful job. I book marked your site and signed up for your Yahoo Group. Tina

Name: Dave Sendek
Location: Roseville, CA
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 4, 2008 1:46:48 PM
Comments: Kevin, My compliments on your outstanding hiking web page. I just moved to CA from Michigan last summer and love to hike as well. After several incredible hiking trips to the Pacific NW, I decided that it was time to move to the west coast. Your web page has helped me out with future hikes. I am envious of you in that I've always wanted to develop my own web page with all the photos/trip journals I've taken over the years. But I'm not into computer programming like you! Keep up the good work! Hopefully I can join you someday on a local hike in the Bay Area. BTW: Eagle Creek Trail in the Columbia River Gorge (Oregon) was one of my top five hikes - I noticed you wanted to check that out. Regards, Dave Sendek Roseville, CA
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Angel's Landing - Zion National Park
2. The Narrows - Zion National Park
3. Juan de Fuca Trail - Vancouver Island, BC

Name: Charlotte
Location: San Jose, CA
Date/Time: Sunday, February 17, 2008 6:08:48 PM
Comments: Hi Kevin! I was doing a bit of research on Mt. Whitney on Google. Up came your website which is an absolute GEM! Thanks for having a great site! I'm definitely bookmarking this!
Top 3 Hikes:
1. Mt. Fuji
2. Tennessee Valley - Marin
3. Point Reyes - Alamere Fall

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