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Monday Night Hikes

It’s that time again: hiking season. Beginning in February, we hike up to Henninger Flat campground every Monday evening, weather permitting. With the atmospheric river and mild El Niño, we’ve missed a few weeks thanks to rains. But the reward has been much more green in the mountains than we typically see, and milder temperatures… Continue reading Monday Night Hikes

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Great Hikes: Be Prepared

Welcome back to my two-part series on hiking with dogs. Today the focus will be on how to prepare for a hike with your best pal. As with just about everything in life, there are some inherent risks in exploring the great outdoors.  Weather, unexpected terrain, wildlife (by which I typically mean insects and snakes,… Continue reading Great Hikes: Be Prepared

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Great Hikes… With Dogs

Welcome to my two-part series on hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains.  Owen, my golden retriever, and I have recently started hiking together.  I'm not entirely sure why we haven't done more of this before; being out in nature is a fun way to bond with each other.  And it is great exercise for both dog and… Continue reading Great Hikes… With Dogs

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Summer’s End: Coffee and Some Good Hikes

With the summer winding down as we return to school this coming Monday, we're trying to get ready to go back. Four kids with busy schedules with marching band, speech and debate, dance, and more has yielded a full, color-coded calendar. So these last few, precious, lazy days of summer are time for family fun. Yesterday… Continue reading Summer’s End: Coffee and Some Good Hikes