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San Rafael Wilderness over Thanksgiving

Postby trav867 » Sun Nov 30, 2008 6:45 pm

As most of my family lives in Minnesota and I'm in LA, thanksgiving usually is a good time for me to get away for a long weekend. This year the girlfriend and I decided to head to San Rafael wilderness for just one night.

We drove up early Thursday morning, and were at the Nira trailhead by 9:00AM. Nira is about an hour from Santa Barbara and the receding storm meant there were some great clouds/fog on the way in.

San Rafael is a very nice area, and the late fall to early spring temperatures are perfect when snow makes casual trips to the Sierra impossible.
The hike itself was one I had done in May of 2006, but the 2007 Zaca Fire means the area is in a regrowing state.

We hiked NE up the Manzana Creek and were at our campsite, Manzana Narrows, by 1:30.

We spent the few hours before dark exploring the canyon, and had a pleasant 45 degree night.
We hiked out in the morning having had a great quick overnight to an interesting area very different from the high sierra.
Check out the rest of the pictures here:

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Re: San Rafael Wilderness over Thanksgiving

Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Dec 03, 2008 4:22 am

I like the clouds and fog in the first 2 pix! :)
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free . . . . Jim Morrison
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