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Mt. Lowe

In the days before the Covid-19 pandemic closures- like way back three months ago in February- I would take whoever was home on a special adventure whenever the boys went on their camping trips. At the end of this past January, Sami and I drove up the Angeles Crest Highway, and arrived at Eaton Saddle, … Continue reading Mt. Lowe

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The Mountains Are Opening, So I Must Go

While the stay-at-home orders haven't exactly ended, the trails in Los Angeles County are starting to open up.  We were in the OC for the first few days of the trails reopening, which was probably a good thing. Because everyone has been getting cabin fever, I heard reports of the Pasadena-area trails being very busy.… Continue reading The Mountains Are Opening, So I Must Go

Beaches, california, Camping, Hiking, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized, Vacation

California’s Electric Blue Waves

After weeks of staying within about a five-mile radius of home, this past weekend we headed down Interstate 5 to San Clemente in south Orange County, California. The main purpose was to celebrate Mother's Day with the Grammy and Grandpa Haas, who we haven't seen since the beginning of the stay at home orders. The… Continue reading California’s Electric Blue Waves

Camping, coffee, Dessert, dinner, Europe and the United Kingdom, Hiking, Historical sites, history, national parks, Style, Travel, Vacation

The New Forest National Park

The United Kingdom is home to 15 designated National Parks, areas of natural beauty and historic or cultural significance. Ten of these are located within England and include famous areas such as the Lake District, the North York Moors, and the Peak District. The other five are outside of England, with two in Scotland and… Continue reading The New Forest National Park

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Prehistoric History: Stonehenge

  Our second day in England took us to two sites of historic significance. Less than 10 miles away from each other and within an hour's drive from where we were staying in Lymington on the southwest coast, a visit to Stonehenge and the town of Salisbury made a great day trip. We started off… Continue reading Prehistoric History: Stonehenge