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California Adventures: Inyo National Forest

The Inyo National Forest has been mentioned in several of my previous posts, as it’s one 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 my… Continue reading California Adventures: Inyo National Forest

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Hiking the Angeles: Chantry Flat Trails

    An area we frequent on our hikes is Big Santa Anita Canyon in the mountains above Sierra Madre and Arcadia.  This is located in part of the Angeles National Forest. From I-210, follow Santa Anita Avenue north into the foothills. Parking is at the top of the winding mountain road, in what is known… Continue reading Hiking the Angeles: Chantry Flat Trails

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Yosemite National Park

Just two weeks ago, the girls and I took a trip up to Yosemite while the boys were on their Sierra backpacking trip. It was the first visit for Sami and a second for Emily and myself. We spent two days at the park, and while a beautiful time, it wasn't nearly enough time to… Continue reading Yosemite National Park

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Wrigley Field and a Lifelong Cubs Fan

  A visit to Chicago would not be complete without spending some time on the North Side at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, longtime loveable losers until 2016 when they won their first World Series since 1908.  As my dad is from Chicago and a lifelong Cubbies fan, so am I. Go Cubs… Continue reading Wrigley Field and a Lifelong Cubs Fan

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Henninger Flat Photos and a Word of Caution

Move over super bloom. After about 12 consecutive weeks of hiking the trail leading to Henninger Flats above Altadena, CA, I have a nice collection of photos to share. The unusually wet rainy season has given us some spectacular wildflowers even on a sun-drenched trail as the days have been getting warmer. I have very… Continue reading Henninger Flat Photos and a Word of Caution