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National Parks Week 2021

Exploring in Petrified Forest National Park Every year, by presidential proclamation, we celebrate National Parks Week, recognizing the impact that national parks have in preserving the important natural, cultural, and historic resources of our nation. It's no secret that I love national parks. The collection of junior ranger badges that I've collected- along with my… Continue reading National Parks Week 2021

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Snow Much Fun

There’s something magical about snow covered mountains. This is especially true in Southern California where we really don’t get snow at elevations under about 5000 feet. Last weekend, as we prepared for the advent of spring, we headed up our local mountains in search of an adventure for our pets. About an hour away from… Continue reading Snow Much Fun

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Biscayne Bay

Biscayne Bay is a spectacular body of water, it's bright blue-green waves extending from the shores of Miami down to the northernmost Florida Keys. The bay covers approximately 428 square miles. It is a shallow estuary, the largest in southeast Florida, and contiguous with Florida Bay and the Everglades. Port Miami, Florida's second largest port… Continue reading Biscayne Bay

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Later Gators: Everglades National Park, Revisited

A storm moves over the rivers of grass It is difficult for me to ignore the call of the wild, especially when the wild is so close. When considering my second stay in Miami, Florida, I hoped to have the opportunity to visit the Everglades once again, and maybe do a different hike or have… Continue reading Later Gators: Everglades National Park, Revisited

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Chasing Waterfall Hikes

It's going to be a million degrees here in So Cal this Labor Day weekend. So in typical Southern California style, we are going in search of some water to cool off in the shade of forest settings. Here are some of my favorite waterfall hikes, easily accessible from the foothill communities along Interstate 210.… Continue reading Chasing Waterfall Hikes