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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

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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 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

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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