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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 nutrient-poor, dolomite-rich soil, along with limber pines. The ancient bristlecones have stood the test of time and are some of the oldest trees… Continue reading Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

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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

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Petrified Forest National Park

It's probably difficult to imagine, but hundreds of millions of years ago, Arizona was a tropical rainforest, rich in greenery and trees.  Over time, the geology of the earth shifted and changed, eventually becoming the Arizona we know today. Over the course of that time, stream and river deposits formed the Chinle Formation in what… Continue reading Petrified Forest National Park

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El Malpais National Monument

After a quick four days in New Mexico, it was time to begin the second portion of our Spring Break 2K18 road trip.  We loaded up and headed west for Flagstaff, AZ, where we would spend two days before heading back to the LA area.  We hit the road right after breakfast with the intention… Continue reading El Malpais National Monument

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Spring Break 2K18: Road Trip Across the Southwest

Spring break 2018 has come and gone and we are moving full steam ahead toward the end of the school year. As the kids are growing up quickly- too quickly it seems- we are more and more ditching our typical summer vacation schedule in exchange for spring and winter vacations. Spring break 2K18 was spent… Continue reading Spring Break 2K18: Road Trip Across the Southwest