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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.  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 Angeles, California where the Mojave and… Continue reading Joshua Tree National Park

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Hiking the Narrows

Have you ever hiked in a river? I don't mean a stream or river crossing, I mean an actual hike in a river flowing through a massive slot canyon. The Narrows is the most well-known slot canyon in Zion National Park and possibly throughout the southwest. And no wonder: thousand-foot high walls of rock surround… Continue reading Hiking the Narrows

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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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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