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

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california, Camping, Deserts, Hiking, national parks, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized, Vacation

Joshua Tree National Park

There is beauty in California's deserts. Places that are seemingly barren possess a wild and rugged allure that draws adventurers by the thousands.  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… Continue reading Joshua Tree National Park

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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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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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Henninger Flat Photos and a Word of 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 Henninger Flat Photos and a Word of Caution