Backpacking Adventure 2019!

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Welcome to my blog! The timing coincides with my return from vacation so that's where I am going to start.


This was my second backpacking trip. The first time I planned on bringing a camera but got nervous about the weight so brought my iPhone instead, and while that did the trick, I wanted to be able to do more. I took my camera, 50mm lens, extra battery and stopped at Action Camera, my favorite camera store in Reno and picked up a Gorillapod. I carried it all in a small bag in my pack and am already looking for the perfect daypack for next years hike (recommendations welcome!).

Beautiful sky reflected in Lake of the Woods, South Lake Tahoe

Lake of the Woods

Tree in the clouds.

Playing & writing music.

My niece, Annalise.

A place of stillness.

Those crazy kids!

The end of a perfect day!


As a kid, I loved having a summer birthday because we were typically on vacation. This year I woke up on my birthday in a tent at Lake of the Woods in Desolation Wilderness on the PCT! Gifted with a small bouquet of wild flowers, and a pre-pancake breakfast hike to the top of the peak to see what we could see made the morning pretty spectacular.

Lake Aloha

songwriter van harting out backpacking in desolation wilderness
photographer heidi harting and son van harting on a peak in desolation wilderness overlooking aloha lake
Beautiful reflective view from a peak above lake of the woods in desolation wilderness on the PCT in CA by heidi harting

Standing at the top of a peak, our camp is down in the left corner.

stargazing under the milky way, desolation wilderness, heidi harting photography

Under the Milky Way