I hardly noticed the existence of summer this year. It came and went while I tried to battle my jet lag and adjusting myself between countries. Summer by definition is backpacking, long bike ride to the coast and climb a mountain. I got none of those activity in.
Luckily in California I can stretch summer out a little longer. I have been wanting to backpack in the Desolation Wilderness for quite some time now but never got around to do it. It requires a bit of planning and obtaining wilderness permit. And that does not taken coordinating with others if I want company into account. That part seems a lot harder then obtaining a permit itself.
Over the year I am comfortable with adventuring out alone including spending days in the wilderness. Lack of company doesn’t bother me much. Perhaps it bothers me more if there’s one. I came to realize that if you want to something in life, just go get it. Otherwise nothing will ever happen if you wait for others.
There are pros and cons for doing things solo. I, sometimes, could use an extra pair of hands – but I manage to improvise. I might have to carry more load for going solo but sometimes the thoughts are more heavy. I can travel at my own pace and take as many photos as I fancy. No one there to hurry or slow me down.
All in all, Velma lakes are pretty awesome and easy to get to. Well about 4-5 miles hike with ~1,800-2,000 ft of elevation gain on the way in. From there if you pack enough food, there are a lot more to explore.
Happy camping. More photos are here https://www.flickr.com/photos/duclephotography/albums/72157685114899081/with/36673292916/