BALTIC RIDGE TRAIL MORMON EMIGRANT GAP – by Brenan Greene

Here is a blog post by Brenan Greene of https://www.trail4runner.com

BALTIC RIDGE TRAIL (TRAILS) MORMON EMIGRANT GAP

Baltic Ridge Trail (Trails) Mormon Emigrant Gap

Pictured Above is the Mormon Emigrant Gap Abandoned Ski Resort

BALTIC RIDGE TRAIL FROM MORMON EMIGRANT TRAIL/GAP (BETWEEN HIGHWAY 88/ CARSON PASS HIGHWAY AND HIGHWAY 50)

The Baltic Ridge Trail is a mix of easy to moderate off-road trails and fire roads off Mormon Emigrant Trail. From the East, you can access Mormon Emigrant Trail from Highway 88 near Kirkwood Ski Resort. From the west, you can access Mormon Emigrant Trail from the Sly Park Exit off Highway 50.

One of the most notable and iconic places on the Mormon Emigrant Trail is the old Abandoned Ski Resort (Iron Mountain Ski Resort). Iron Mountain Ski Resort was active for several years in the 80’s-90’s. This resort has since been shut down and several structures have been burned to the ground. You will find many structures still intact. There are old ski lifts, small buildings, and remains of an old hotel on what’s left of this historic property.

To the North and South of Mormon Emigrant Trail, there are hundreds of off-road trails and fire roads to explore. On the South side of Mormon Emigrant Trail, you will find the Baltic Ridge Trail. The Baltic Ridge Trail is one of many options for exploring this area of El Dorado’s National Forest. When exploring the Baltic Ridge Trail, it is important to note that this is not a well-marked trail. And, if you do not have an offline GPS system, it will be easy to take a wrong turn.

Baltic Ridge Trail Details:

  • Stock: Ok, Lift Preferred
  • Distance: 18 Miles
  • Guns: Ok
  • Camping: Few Good Spots – Very Scattered
  • Terrain: Rocky, Washed Out Ruts, Thick Brush, Narrow Trails, Wide Open/ Easy

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TREKKING AROUND MORMON EMIGRANT GAP ABANDONED SKI RESORT

First, we met up at Iron Mountain Ski Resort. As we mentioned above, the Iron Mountain Ski Resort is a well-traversed point of interest in El Dorado County. You can shoot guns, wheel around, and take amazing photographs at the Iron Mountain Ski Resort. If you live in Sacramento, Placer or El Dorado County, this is a great place to come check out on the weekend.

STARTING THE BALTIC RIDGE TRAIL

Starting The Baltic Ridge Trail

Once you start into the Baltic Ridge Trail, you will begin down a standard fire road trail. Here is where we aired down our tires and got everything situated for the trail. From this point, we also mapped our direction down toward the bottom of the trail that pops out onto another fire road which then heads back onto Mormon Emigrant Trail.

BALTIC RIDGE TRAIL – FALL COLORS

To continue reading -> https://www.trail4runner.com/2017/10/03/baltic-ridge-trail-mormon-emigrant-gap/

Photo Pairing…..Smokey??

I took this a couple of weeks ago when Yosemite Valley was filled with wildfire smoke. Every time I see a “smokey” photo I think of the song Smokey from back in the 60’s. Every time I think of that song I go to look it up on Youtube and I can NEVER find it because that song is actually called STORMY!…..arghh 😉

 

Idaho Falls – Landscape Photography – Bessie Young Photography

Idaho Falls Landscape Photography

The Waterfall in Idaho Falls is absolutely gorgeous. This isn’t my normal type of scene as I am normally in the wild taking Landscape photographs; however, I do have to say, I love it! To read about my Idaho Falls, Idaho adventure check out the blog here: https://www.bessieyoungphotography.com

 

While on an adventure to find fall I found myself staying in Idaho Falls, Idaho. I already knew that Idaho Falls was famous for a waterfall in town; however, I had no idea where it was or how to get to it.

After booking my hotel room, I lay there googling Idaho Falls. Much to my surprise I was staying right next to the falls! Seriously?! How much more convenient could that be?

Ultimately I decided to sleep in, get some breakfast, and then stop by the falls before I continued south to Utah. It was quite cold that morning, the snow had fallen the previous day, and things were a little frozen over; however, that wasn’t going to stop me from getting a beautiful picture.

 

Idaho Falls, Idaho Landscape Photography photographed by Bessie Young

There is a nice trail that follows the falls the entire way. I drove along the road to scope out where exactly I wanted to get my shot, parked, and then walked along the trail. Ultimately, I ended up at the most Northerly side of the falls and the most Southerly side of the falls.

If you want to read a little about walk along the river check it out here.

How I got the shot:

Go here to continue reading – https://www.bessieyoungphotography.com/blog-post/idaho-falls-idaho

 

Janet’s Beautiful Gourd Art – Rough & Ready, Ca

Janet was forced to evacuate her home due to the Lobo fire which started on October 8 along with several other wildfires around Northern California from an unusual warm wind storm early that morning.

Only having 45 minutes to pack, Janet and her husband evacuated to Sierra Jr College in Grass Valley where they were forced to simply wait it out. Well, due to the fantastic efforts of Cal-Fire and all of the first responders, Janet’s home was saved.

It looks like things are getting back to normal, here is a post from Janet’s Facebook page.

www.facebook.com/janetsbeautifulgourdart

www.etsy.com/shop/BeautifulGourdArt

 

“This little baby is on its way to Rhode Island. I’m doing quite well on my quest to have a gourd in every state!”

What if a Tree Falls on my House ???? Homeowners Insurance – part deux

While we are on the subject of Homeowners Insurance and with the coming of Winter and Winter Wind Storms,….I found this little bit of helpful advice.

If A Tree Falls On My House, Does Homeowners Insurance Cover It?

Updated: April 2017

Sometimes it takes just one good storm to topple what was once a sturdy tree in your yard. And, once the storm passes, you may be wondering whether your homeowners insurance will help pay for the cost or removing the branches or repairing damage if the tree fell on your home.

Whether your homeowners insurance policy includes coverage for fallen trees typically depends on a number of factors, such as what caused the tree to fall and what kind of damage resulted. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about trees and insurance.

A fallen tree on a house.

AT A GLANCE

  • Homeowners insurance may help pay to repair your home if a tree falls on it as a result of a covered peril, such as a windstorm.

Q: DOES HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE COVER DAMAGE CAUSED BY FALLEN TREES ON MY PROPERTY?

A: The answer to this question is, “It depends.” A homeowners insurance policy typically protects your home and other structures, such as a fence or shed, against specific causes of loss, known as perils. Covered perils typically include damage caused by wind. So, the situation that caused the tree to fall is important. If the tree was otherwise healthy and toppled due to wind, a typical homeowners insurance policy may help pay to repair damage to your home or other structure on your property, the Insurance Information Institute (III) says.

However, homeowners insurance usually won’t cover a loss caused by negligence or a maintenance-related issue. So if the tree was rotting and ready to fall down before the storm, homeowners insurance likely would not cover the damage the tree caused to your home.

Q: WHAT IF THE TREE DOESN’T DAMAGE ANYTHING?

A: If a tree falls down and causes no structural damage, meaning your house doesn’t need any repairs, your homeowners insurance policy typically will not cover debris removal, according to the III.

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Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF THE TREE WAS ON MY NEIGHBOR’S PROPERTY?

A: If your home is damaged by your neighbor’s tree, the III says you’ll typically find that your homeowners insurance may help pay to repair the damage to your house (or other structure, if the tree falls on your fence, for example).

AM I RESPONSIBLE IF A TREE FROM MY PROPERTY DAMAGES MY NEIGHBOR’S PROPERTY?

A: You’re typically only considered responsible if neglect on your part was a contributing factor to the tree’s demise. If not — say a storm knocked your healthy tree onto your neighbor’s house — your neighbor will likely have to file a claim through his or her own insurance.

Q: DOES HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE COVER REMOVAL OF TREE DEBRIS?

A. If the tree damaged your home, a homeowners insurance policy may help cover the cost of repairing your house as well as removing the fallen tree branches, the III says. But if the tree fell without causing damage to a structure on your property, you may find that insurance won’t cover the cost of removing the debris, according to the III.

It’s important to keep in mind that you’ll typically have to pay your deductible before your insurance will help pay for a covered loss. Also, coverage limits will apply. Read your policy or check with your agent to learn what type of coverage and how much coverage your policy provides for damage caused by a fallen tree.