california, Hiking, Opinion, outdoors, writing

The Fires Around Us

It has been a sad week here in the San Gabriel Valley. Since Labor Day weekend, amidst a record-breaking, infernal heat wave, the mountains above us have been scorched by fire. A persistent brown-grey cloud has hovered over the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and the valley below, causing extremely poor air quality, yet… Continue reading The Fires Around Us

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The Beaches of Orange County

The temperatures in Southern California are forecasted to rival the surface temperature of hell this Labor Day weekend, and while it's going to be unusually crazy hot at the beaches, there is a good 15-20 degree difference between the coast and the valleys, making a beach escape very tempting. For our family, a trip to… Continue reading The Beaches of Orange County

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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

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Great Workout Hikes: Van Tassel Trail

Running the trail with the boy. Above the foothills of Duarte, California, beginning at the trailhead located at the Fish Canyon staging area, is a fantastic workout hike. The Van Tassel Trail is a perfect trek for hikers training for more challenging hikes, as well as trail runners, cyclists, and folks who just want a… Continue reading Great Workout Hikes: Van Tassel Trail

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Great California Road Trips: Fun on the U.S. 395

Driving Whitney Portal Road, just off U.S. 395 The U.S. 395 is a major north-south highway that connects California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington to the Canadian border. It has its southern terminus at Interstate 15 in the middle of nowhere, California, close to the city of Hesperia. While it has its beginning in the dullness… Continue reading Great California Road Trips: Fun on the U.S. 395