Family, Organization, Uncategorized

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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california, Camping, Hiking, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized

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

california, Museums, outdoors, photography, Style, Travel, Uncategorized

Descanso Gardens

Los Angeles County is home to many lovely parks and green spaces. One such place that I would recommend to anyone, whether local or visitor is Descanso Gardens, located in La Canada-Flintridge off Interstate 210, west of Pasadena. Described as "an urban retreat 20 minutes from downtown Los Angeles," the gardens boast 150 acres of… Continue reading Descanso Gardens

california, Camping, Deserts, Hiking, national parks, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized, Vacation

Joshua Tree National Park

There is beauty in California's deserts. Places that are seemingly barren possess a wild and rugged allure that draws adventurers by the thousands.  Moreover, a closer look reveals the marvel of resilience.  Hundreds of species of plants and animals have adapted to their harsh environmental conditions to survive and thrive. About 130 miles from Los… Continue reading Joshua Tree National Park

california, Camping, Hiking, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized

California Adventures: Inyo National Forest

The Inyo National Forest has been mentioned in several of my previous posts, as it’s a place we've visited every summer for the past three years. Contained within the Inyo National Forest are some of the prettiest places in the world, with interesting and varied ecology, so I figured I’d share more about one of… Continue reading California Adventures: Inyo National Forest