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Mt. Wilson Trail: First Water and Orchard Camp

The early morning fog along the trail I feel incredibly lucky to live in my section of California- the San Gabriel Valley, just under the shadow of the San Gabriel Mountains. For here it seems that at the end of every quaint foothill street, there is a hiking trail to take one high up into… Continue reading Mt. Wilson Trail: First Water and Orchard Camp

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Adventures in Karlovy Vary: Svatý Linhart, Diana, and a Casino Royale

This is a continuation of our adventure in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. The girls play on the playground in Diana After lunch and a bit of shopping on our Google Maps guided tour of Karlovy Vary, we headed over to the Grandhotel Pupp for some directions to the Diana Funicular Railway, which turned out to… Continue reading Adventures in Karlovy Vary: Svatý Linhart, Diana, and a Casino Royale

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Adventures in the Angeles: Brown Mountain Dam, Paul Little, and Owen Parker

Just a couple weeks after Owen's last trek in the Angeles to Gould Mesa from Angeles Crest Highway, we returned for another adventure. This time, instead of hanging out at the Gould Mesa Trail Camp, Owen and I headed north on the trail to the Paul Little Picnic Site along the Gabrielino Trail. Just like… Continue reading Adventures in the Angeles: Brown Mountain Dam, Paul Little, and Owen Parker

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Beachy Trails: The Bluffs of San Clemente

As mentioned in previous posts, South Orange County is a place that I and my family tend to frequent. With my in-laws living in a spacious home across the tracks from the ocean, we often travel down to San Clemente for holidays and random long weekends. When there, my favorite downtime activity is to take… Continue reading Beachy Trails: The Bluffs of San Clemente

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Palomar Mountain State Park

At the end of October, as the leaves began to change with the coming of autumn and the temperatures cooled to sweater weather, I was off and traveling again for work, this time helping to lead our group of sixth graders up to science camp in the forests of San Diego County. The trek was… Continue reading Palomar Mountain State Park