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Zion National Park

  The next two posts will be a hike up memory lane.  Zion National Park had been my favorite national park, up until that coveted spot was usurped by Yosemite this past summer, however it still remains, in my opinion, one of the most fun places in the world. It's been a few years since… Continue reading Zion National Park

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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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Into the Valley

"It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter." - John Muir There are few things in life that have had the power to bring me to tears on first sight; those special and sacred moments have generally been reserved for the births of my… Continue reading Into the Valley

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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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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