A group of us during the “Tac Nav” (Tactical Navigation) portion of Navigator School at Mather AFB, often hiked up into the Sierra Nevada mountains by Lake Tahoe, CA.
It was the perfect escape from the stress of Navigator Training; and was a great opportunity for me to “reconnect” with the great outdoors, in a beautiful part of the country that I wasn’t familiar with.
Here I’m standing in this Polaroid photo (from the good old days…) in front of an impressive set of rapids created by the melting Sierra Nevada snowpack above us.
This part of the Sierra Nevadas was near Echo Lake, along Highway 50 south of Lake Tahoe; which was easy for us to get to from Sacramento, CA.
It was a great place near the highway to rock climb among the boulders, and feel like you were miles from civilization – when in reality you were within a mile of the highway.
Sometimes we hiked higher and deeper into the high Sierras, when the time was available and the weather allowed – which wasn’t very often.
The high alpine region was quite impressive, and the weather was always a factor and very unpredictable – we didn’t have the Weather Channel or cell phones back then.
When the weather did cooperate, the views were simply fantastic; and I was able to reconnect to my adventurous roots.
The entire area was exceptional, and an ideal location for a day hike just a short drive from Sacramento, CA.