Hitting the trail

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Desert 4: Bryce and Zion

Published on Sunday, July 14th, 2019

I promised this post some time ago. We'll soon be approaching a year since I decided to swing through Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks on my way from from Salt Lake City in October of 2018. It was well worth it. When I arrived at Bryce Canyon, I was convinced that I wasn't going to be able to get outside on account of some serious rain. Yet within a matter of minutes, the clouds parted, making for an incredible scene. The following morning I took a quick stroll through Zion National Park....

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Deserts Part 1: The Mojave Desert

Published on Saturday, April 20th, 2019

Highlights from some of the magnificent scenery of the Mojave Desert near Apple Valley

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Mount San Gorgonio Hike

Published on Sunday, September 9th, 2018

Having been back in Southern California for 2 whole weeks, I decided with my friend Marina to waste no time in summiting the tallest peak in Southern California, Mount San Gorgonio.

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Big Basin in the Spring Rain

Published on Sunday, April 10th, 2016

I hadn't been to Big Basin State Park since August, 2013. That, of course, was late in the summer after a fairly dry winter. Since there was a nice spring rain overnight, I decided to go check out the waterfalls at Big Basin while there was some serious runoff. I intended to take the Sunset, Berry Creek Falls, and Skyline-to-Sea loop, however the Berry Creek Trail and the Sunset Trail west of the Timms Creek Trail were closed from storm damage. And since I am a rule abiding fella, I was only ab...

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Sunol Spring

Published on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

I remember conversing with a coworker before my upcoming hike up Mt. Whitney. After mentioning that I had a permit to summit the mountain, he commenced an epic rant about how terrible the hike was. It was ugly and grey, it was difficult and vomit inducing (even for him and his fit military friends). And, quite frankly, that trail had turned him off to hiking. You can sympathize when I say that I was a little apprehensive in the days ahead of the hike. I was uncertain if my knee had recovered fr...