Late Summer Garden and Rambles

One of the 5000 sunflowers in the yard. Bees and birds are very happy about them.
One of the 5000 sunflowers in the yard. Bees and birds are very happy about them.

Here’s a synopsis of August goings-on in the garden and the mountains. The days are still long, hot and sunny, but are now turning a little shorter and a little less hot. We still have plenty of sun. The drought continues and we are conserving water as best we can. Everyone’s hoping for a wetter fall and winter.

The dry weather has been good for walking in the mountains, though—from a day hike from South Lake with Chris and Bean to local favorite Green Lake, right in our backyard, to another local 20 mile overnight weekend loop out of North Lake: over Piute Pass and into Humphreys Basin, and then up and over Packsaddle Pass and Lamarck Col before heading back down. Such a treat that these places are less than an hour’s drive from home!

Green Lake and Coyote Flat

Secret locals' back way "up the old water pipe" from the South Lake parking lot.
Secret locals’ back way “up the old water pipe” from the South Lake parking lot.
Green Lake, looking very blue today!
Green Lake, looking very blue today!
The trail meanders the hillside high above Green Lake.
The trail meanders the hillside high above Green Lake.
Picnic spot on Coyote Flat.
Picnic spot on Coyote Flat.
Nothing like home-grown tomatoes.
Nothing like home-grown tomatoes.
Volunteer tomatillos just popped up all over the garden. If I get enough, I'll make salsa with these tart little fruits.
Volunteer tomatillos just popped up all over the garden. If I get enough, I’ll make salsa with these tart little fruits.
Getting a good crop of chile peppers this season.
Getting a good crop of chile peppers this season.
An August jumble of giant sunflowers, corn, hibiscus, beans, tomatoes, potatoes, sundry herbs ...
An August jumble of giant sunflowers, corn, hibiscus, beans, tomatoes, potatoes, sundry herbs …

Piute-Packsaddle-Lamarck Loop

The vast, rolling expanse of Humphries Basin.
The vast, rolling expanse of Humphreys Basin.
Hadn't used the tarp in a while, but needed to set it up for intermittent rain showers. At just 4 ounces, this is a much lighter and more versatile shelter than a tent.
Hadn’t used the tarp in a while, but needed to set it up for intermittent rain showers. At just 4 ounces, this is a much lighter and more versatile shelter than a tent.
Another lousy morning in the Sierra.
Another lousy morning in the Sierra.
Heading up onto Darwin Bench.
Heading up onto Darwin Bench.

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