Just this last week, 3 of my sons and I backpacked into Treasure Lakes, which is very up hill from Bishop, California. (My fourth son sadly had to miss the trip and take care of escrow closing on his new house.) We had all been looking forward to this trip for months and I made sure I brough along a small sewn sketchbook of Arches waterolor paper and a few brushes and my portable palette. The pages are loose, so it was more troublesome than a block, but it worked out in the end.
It was wonderful to sit on a granite outcrop on the shore of one of the lakes and try to capture the fantastic scenery. It was a bit overcast and the light kept changing, but it was so great to be far away from regular life and connecting with the scenes around me.
I would have painted more, but the fish were calling too.