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Hiking in a Winter Wonderland

Can be dangerous if you're not prepared. On the Saturday of November, we headed up to Cucamonga Peak via Icehouse Canyon. This is a hike that I've done on many other occasions, and was to be the final hike of this year's Six Pack of Peaks Challenge. That said, I have never hiked it in… Continue reading Hiking in a Winter Wonderland

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Hiking the Angeles: Mt. Wilson

Since I was a kid, Mt. Wilson has been fascinating to me. It is a prominent peak in the front range of the San Gabriel Mountains, distinguished by the radio towers. Perhaps some of the fascination was because my dad loved talking about those communications antennas. Having worked in radio broadcasting, he enjoyed sharing with… Continue reading Hiking the Angeles: Mt. Wilson

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Scorching Scottsdale, Arizona

Chaparral Park, Scottsdale After our week-long epic adventure to remember through Arizona and Utah, we returned to the San Gabriel Valley for the weekend. That was short-lived however, because on the following Tuesday, I was off to Scottsdale again on family business. This was not a bad thing. Even in the dry desert heat, Scottsdale… Continue reading Scorching Scottsdale, Arizona

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Capitol Reef National Park

UPDATE: Flash flooding is a possibility during the summer months. Just one week after our visit, thunderstorms in the vicinity resulted in flash flooding that rushed through Grand Wash, totaling vehicles and trapping park visitors and even a few park rangers involved in the rescue. Fortunately, everyone was able to be rescued according to KSL… Continue reading Capitol Reef National Park

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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