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Ode to the Great American Road Trip

Car packed for a road trip in California #minivanlife With life returning to a new normal as Covid19 becomes more endemic and regional restrictions ease up, more folks are heading out on vacations. Some families are taking vacations that had been postponed as a result of the pandemic, while others are embracing a slower pace… Continue reading Ode to the Great American Road Trip

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Bailey Canyon Nature Trails

Into the woods This afternoon's Sunday adventure took me back to Bailey Canyon Park in Sierra Madre. This time we took Owen, and rather than heading up the challenging Bailey Canyon Trail to Jones Peak, we explored the family-friendly nature trails in Bailey Canyon Park. We headed up on Sunday mid-afternoon, after church and a… Continue reading Bailey Canyon Nature Trails

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Chino Hills State Park

After Owen's recent hospitalization at a veterinary hospital for pneumonia, we've been taking it easier when it comes to outdoor activity. It's been about a month since he came home, and while he's maintained his puppy-like sweet and playful spirit, his body is definitely slowing down. He is still quite active, and following a fun… Continue reading Chino Hills State Park

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Hiking the Angeles: Mt. Wilson Trail to First Water and Orchard Camp

The early morning fog along the trail I feel incredibly lucky to live where I do in Southern California; the San Gabriel Valley, just under the shadow of the San Gabriel Mountains is a gateway to many adventures. For here it seems that at the end of every quaint foothill street, there is a hiking… Continue reading Hiking the Angeles: Mt. Wilson Trail to First Water and Orchard Camp

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Hidden Views in Madera County

For part two of Owen's grand adventure weekend, we headed out of Yosemite National Park and southwest to Hensley Lake to a place called Hidden View Campground. Hensley Lake was formed in 1974 with the building of Hidden Dam on the Fresno River. The 1500-acre lake has a capacity of about 90000 acre-feet of water.… Continue reading Hidden Views in Madera County