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March 21, 2022

Welcome spring!  After my trip last spring to the Southwest, it wouldn't feel like spring without another trip to the Southwest.  I never thought I'd enjoy the desert as much as I liked the mountains and the ocean, but I was blown away by how amazing the desert can be.  So guess what, I'm going back this spring!  This time, I will focus on some more hikes in the Grand Canyon, Zion, and other slot canyons.  Then on the way home, I may swing by Valley of Fire.  Here are some free downloads from last year's trip to commemorate my new spring routine.   

October 25, 2021

Last week I was busy talking about hanging on to backpacking season.   But after this weekend's storms, I think it's time to start thinking about winter hiking and snowsports.

One of my favorite places to go hiking in the winter is Mt. Tamalpais State Park.  Once the winter rains start to fall, these become lush rainforests full of cascades, waterfalls, creeks, and streams.

One of my favorite hikes in Mt. Tamalpais State Park is taking the Ben Johnson and Bootjack Trail loop to Muir Woods National Monument and back.  click here for more info

October 18, 2021

Wow, the days are sure getting shorter fast! I just got back from what may be my last backpacking trip of the year, at least in the mountains. For those of you who have followed my blog for several years, you'll know that I always try to hang on to backpacking season for as long as I can.

This year since most of the El Dorado National Forest is closed due to the Caldor Fire, I decided to go to a backpacking location that I usually go to in the spring, The Five Lakes Basin. Keep reading on for my top 3 tips for late-season backpacking tips by clicking here.

October 11, 2021

Welcome Fall!!!  The leaves are blowing off trees, the days are getting shorter, and the weather is getting colder!  That can only mean one thing. Fall has finally come to Northern California.   To celebrate fall, I recently went on my annual fall backpacking trip and have two new "fall photos" from that trip that I'm featuring on my Free Downloads section.  Check them out and download two high-quality images for free!!!  There's one in landscape and one in portrait orientation, so you get one you can use as a background for your computer and also your phone!     

September 13, 2021

Hello everyone!   Well, I have some good news to share. The fire I shared in my last post is finally getting under control.  The damage was extensive, but it could have been much worse, and many places were spared.  This is a much better outcome than I could have hoped for 2 weeks ago.

Before the fire, I was excited to share my latest gallery from my trip to the North Cascades National Park, so now I guess it's about time!  LOL.  The North Cascades and northern Washington has been an area I've always wanted to visit.  That desire grew with my trip last summer to Mt. Rainier, and I was finally able to go this summer.  Let's say that it did not disappoint, and I can't wait to go back.  To see how amazing it is for yourself, check out my North Cascades National Park Gallery and stay tuned for some detailed hike reports.  

August 30, 2021

I had every intention today of sharing my new photo gallery from my trip to the North Cascades.  I've been working on editing photos and videos from the trip over the last couple of weeks since I've been back and was looking forward to sharing them with you today.  That all changed this weekend...  click here to continue reading

July 3, 2021

Two months ago today, I was in the Grand Canyon doing one of the coolest hikes I've done in years!  Coolest may be the wrong word.  It was the desert, and it was hot, but not as hot as going in the summer.   LOL.

To commemorate this moment, I just posted my first-ever hiking report from outside of California!!!  The hike is the Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point.  If you ever visit the Grand Canyon and physically you can take on a pretty demanding hike, I highly recommend this one.  They say you can't really experience the magnitude of the Grand Canyon until you descend below the rim, and I totally agree.

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May 22, 2021

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Today I wanted to take a minute to recognize Mental Health Awareness Month and share one of my favorite mental health resources. Before I share one of my favorite resources for mental health and meditation, I want to take a minute to talk about the stigma that is "mental health."  

For many years I thought "mental health" was only for people who were "crazy" or who had diagnosed conditions like depression.   But in reality, mental health is no different than physical health. So, just like we work out to maintain our physical health, it's important to take time to also work on your mental health.  

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May 17, 2021

Hello everyone!  

I'm back and I've finally gone through all of my photos from my Southwest US road trip.  Man, I took a ton of photos!!!  But I finally narrowed down the ones I want to edit from the trip, so they'll slowly be popping up on the site.  

The first new gallery, as a result of my road trip, is from the Grand Canyon.  The Grand Canyon was spectacular.

Also, keep checking back for more new photo galleries from my road trip.  I've still got Zion National Park, Willis Creek Slot Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, Kodachrome Basin, and Death Valley National Park.

March 28, 2021

Spring Cleaning

Hello, my friends!

Long time no posts, I know.  

What can I say, the last year was a strange year, but with the coming of spring this year, I have renewed optimism.  There is hope that we are emerging from this pandemic and starting to see signs of "normal" returning to our lives.   I made the personal choice to get vaccinated, and I am happy that I did because it gave me the peace of mind to start feeling comfortable planning to travel again.

With this renewed excitement for travel and planning, I'm back to planning adventures... click here to continue reading