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Backpacking Los Angeles: Hoegees and Spruce Grove

I love the great outdoors.  As I hike over five miles at least once a week, I can probably consider myself an avid hiker.  There isn’t much that I enjoy more than being out in nature. Except maybe Disneyland. But that’s a different post for a different time.  All to say, I have never been… Continue reading Backpacking Los Angeles: Hoegees and Spruce Grove

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Another fun hike… and easy camping

    About two weeks ago, a small brush fire at Eaton Canyon disrupted our usual Monday night hike up to Henninger Flats with our Boy Scout troop. Fortunately, our awesome L.A. County and Pasadena firefighters were quickly able to extinguish the wind-fueled fire before it got more than about an acre. The bad news… Continue reading Another fun hike… and easy camping

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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, though we… 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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Coffee and some good hikes

With the summer winding down (we return to school this coming Monday), we're trying to get ready to go back. Four kids with busy scheduling 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 morning… Continue reading Coffee and some good hikes