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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Nestled in the Inyo National Forest not far from the California-Nevada border and the Eastern Sierras grow the ancient bristlecone pines. In the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, these Pinus longaeva trees grow in the harsh nutrient-poor, dolomite-rich soil, along with limber pines. The ancient bristlecones have stood the test of time and are some of the oldest… Continue reading Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

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Hiking Photos and Some Caution

Move over super bloom. After about 12 consecutive weeks of hiking the trail leading to Henninger Flats above Altadena, CA, I have a nice collection of photos to share. The unusually wet rainy season has given us some spectacular wildflowers even on a sun-drenched trail as the days have been getting warmer. I have very… Continue reading Hiking Photos and Some Caution

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Flight of the Butterflies

I was driving to Pasadena from work two weeks ago and in the air were hundreds of butterflies. Even in the suburban jungle I call home, California butterflies from the sweet Cabbage white to the majestic Western swallowtail are fairly common. But the swarm of butterflies heading west was a sight that I had never… Continue reading Flight of the Butterflies

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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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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