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About AlphaRoaming

Random outdoor roaming: hiking, cycling, camping, backpacking & plotting more of the above Grew up on the edges of the Adirondack mountains of New York, just a bit west of Vermont. Now living in Silicon Valley and venturing out when and where I can!

Salton Sea and Bombay Beach

Lightning and rain over the Salton Sea, and a few interesting homes in Bombay Beach. I particularlt like the vertical bent airplane fuselage. Note the stairway to go inside! The end! Much more to see in Slab City, so don’t … Continue reading

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Slab City and East Jesus

Where do I start? Rain and lightning over the Salton Sea, and a few hours wandering around. I would characterize it as a cross between Mad Max, a homeless camp, and a decent trailer park. Some bits of each… Due … Continue reading

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Salvation Mountain

Way down, near Slab City… That’s the highlights! Next post is Slab City and East Jesus.

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General Patton’s Iron Mountain

My blog posts are much less frequent before…it’s not that I’m doing fewer interesting things. It’s that sitting down at my desk is a chore! I’m going to do less text, and let the photos speak for themselves. I’m also … Continue reading

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Baltimore Town, and Old Man Mountain (Yuba Gap area)

A friend, who moved from Santa Cruz to Grass Valley a few years ago, pinged me with a backpacking idea. It sounded much more reasonable than some of the crazy bushwhacking adventures he had been known for. It wasn’t! We … Continue reading

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Dana Plateau (Tioga Pass area)

Does anybody read my blog? Yes, actually the WordPress statistics show 4300 visitors, so far, in 2020. A few years ago it was about 3 times that. I like the blog because I can pull-up photos and a short story … Continue reading

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Incredible Views from Mt Tamalpais

Has it really been 9 months since my last post? Anyway…I hiked Mt Tam a few days ago and took some incredible photos. I don’t get a huge audience reading this blog, but it’s a convenient place to park my … Continue reading

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Cerro Gordo Ghost Town – Go! …before it changes!

Way up on a mountain, between Death Valley and Lone Pine, is the ghost town of Cerro Gordo. It’s a privately-owned site, which recently changed hands to a pair of businessmen. They have plans to preserve it, while adding lodging … Continue reading

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Crowley Lake Columns – close to 395 and Mammoth Lakes, but it takes some effort!

Conveniently located, just off 395, between Bishop and Mammoth Lakes… I had heard mention of the “Crowley Columns” from someone…possibly my friend Sam. Then, sometime last year, I saw more details at https://californiathroughmylens.com/crowley-lake-columns/ I added it to my Eastern Sierra “to … Continue reading

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Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park

Waaayyy out in rural Tulare County is a former town, which was founded, owned, governed, and entirely populated by African-Americans, around 1910. It’s now a State Park, with about a dozen nicely restored buildings, and a handful of others. Camping … Continue reading

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