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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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Bark Ranger Owen Reporting for Duty in Yosemite

We continued Owen's grand adventure this past weekend with a quick trip up to Yosemite National Park. This was Owen's first time to our favorite park, as well as his first time camping. Throughout the years of his outdoor adventures, he had never before done either of those activities, and we finally rectified that. We… Continue reading Bark Ranger Owen Reporting for Duty in Yosemite

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Missouri State Parks: Table Rock Dam and the Hatchery

Table Rock Dam My idea of a fun day typically involves some kind of outdoor activity- usually a hike or a water activity like swimming or kayaking. Visiting a museum and seeing the local wildlife is icing on the proverbial cake. On our last day in Branson, we visited a couple spots where one could… Continue reading Missouri State Parks: Table Rock Dam and the Hatchery

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The Sunny Shores of San Diego

Well, mostly sunny. The mornings were very foggy in December. San Diego sunsets My last bit of busy autumn travel took me down to San Diego, California for the annual school boards education conference in early December. So after arriving home on a Saturday evening from our Thanksgiving trip to the Czech Republic and Istanbul,… Continue reading The Sunny Shores of San Diego

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Tale of Two Continents: A Whirlwind Adventure Through Istanbul

In front of the Blue Mosque As there are currently no direct flights from Los Angeles, California to Prague, Czech Republic, the only way to get to Prague is via a connecting flight from another European airport or Istanbul. As Turkish Airlines has been consistently the most economical option for getting to Prague, they're the… Continue reading Tale of Two Continents: A Whirlwind Adventure Through Istanbul