american west, Camping, Hiking, national parks, outdoors, photography, Travel, Uncategorized, Vacation

Bryce Canyon National Park

This post will be another hike up memory lane, inspired by an article I saw on Facebook about the most beautiful national parks to visit in winter.  Bryce Canyon National Park was of course on the list, with photos of snow-covered hoodoos and bright blue skies. We visited in summer a few years ago, and… Continue reading Bryce Canyon National Park

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california, Hiking, outdoors, Uncategorized

The Lower Arroyo Seco Trails

An iconic Southern California landmark is the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, running alongside Highway 134 and Interstate 210, and spanning what is known as the Arroyo Seco.  Translated from Spanish to mean "dry stream," the Arroyo Seco is a stream and watershed in Los Angeles County.  It begins in the San Gabriel Mountains, and… Continue reading The Lower Arroyo Seco Trails

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The Great ShakeOut: Preparing for the Big One

  This morning, schools and businesses across the Golden State participated in a massive statewide earthquake drill called "The Great Shakeout." At one of our school sites, the assistant principal went on the school's PA system and methodically went through the steps of the drill- drop, cover, hold, check your surroundings, and evacuate to our… Continue reading The Great ShakeOut: Preparing for the Big One

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Easy Dessert: Blondies

All that hiking makes me hungry.  And who, after a nice long hike, ever asks for a kale salad? There may be a few, but what I usually hear are requests for a nice double double hamburger from In-N-Out or some sweet and delicious carbs. So here's an easy recipe for an oft-requested dessert: blondies. … Continue reading Easy Dessert: Blondies

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Hiking Mt. Baden-Powell

Last year, Emily and I had the opportunity to complete what could be considered a Scout rite of passage.  We hiked from Vincent Gap, up forty unrelenting switchbacks, and made it to the peak of Mt. Baden-Powell in the Angeles National Forest in Southern California. Named for Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the British Army officer who… Continue reading Hiking Mt. Baden-Powell