Europe and the United Kingdom, Travel, Uncategorized, Vacation, writing

Our Great British Transportation Adventure

As I transition from our stay in the English countryside to London, I'd like to take a minute to talk about the issue of transportation while visiting Great Britain. For us, our primary mode of transportation changed when we headed into London, and there was much we learned from the experience of just getting around.… Continue reading Our Great British Transportation Adventure

california, Camping, Hiking, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized

Hiking Mt. Baden-Powell

Last year, Emily and I had the opportunity to complete what could be considered a Scout rite of passage.  We hiked from Vincent Gap, up forty unrelenting switchbacks, and made it to the peak of Mt. Baden-Powell in the Angeles National Forest in Southern California. Named for Lord Robert Baden-Powell, the British Army officer who… Continue reading Hiking Mt. Baden-Powell

california, Camping, national parks, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized

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

american west, Camping, Hiking, national parks, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized

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

california, Camping, Family, Hiking, Hobbies, Kids, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized, Vacation

A Weekend to Remember: Rafting the American River

Last weekend brought a new adventure. I had never been whitewater rafting before in my life, so when the opportunity arose as a Scout family outing, we jumped at the chance.  It was a first for my younger boy and daughters as well, as the two younger ones were too young for a trip to… Continue reading A Weekend to Remember: Rafting the American River