Summer Friday: Eldorado National Forest, California

My company offers the greatest work-life balance imaginable. Last fall, they enforced a "required" R&R week for all employees regardless of what vacation we'd already taken or planned, and this year they announced half-day Fridays on select days during the summer. It doesn't take much convincing to get me outside on a Friday afternoon. 

Max planned a climbing trip near South Lake Tahoe the same Friday I had a half-day. We loaded up on Thursday, I worked remotely Friday morning, and enjoyed a quick Friday-afternoon hike in the Eldorado National Forest before heading back to San Francisco for the weekend.

The trail to Horsetail Falls, a 790-foot waterfall in the Desolation Wilderness, was washed out by all the melted snow. Pyramid Creek is a raging river that's taken out most of the visible footpath. Despite not making it all the way to the base of the falls, it was still a wonderful afternoon to be outside. 

Pyramid "Creek" -- people in top-middle of frame for scale. Desolation Wilderness, Eldorado National Forest, California

Pyramid "Creek" -- people in top-middle of frame for scale. Desolation Wilderness, Eldorado National Forest, California

Horsetail Falls, Desolation Wilderness, Eldorado National Forest, California

Horsetail Falls, Desolation Wilderness, Eldorado National Forest, California

Horsetail Falls, Desolation Wilderness, Eldorado National Forest, California

Horsetail Falls, Desolation Wilderness, Eldorado National Forest, California

Horsetail Falls, Desolation Wilderness, Eldorado National Forest, California

Horsetail Falls, Desolation Wilderness, Eldorado National Forest, California