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Great Workout Hikes: Van Tassel Trail

Above the foothills of Duarte, California, beginning at the trailhead 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 strenuous hike for some good cardio. The… 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

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San Diego Adventures: Beyond the Beach

For many, San Diego, California evokes images of beaches, craft beer, and Mexican food joints on every block. And while this is totally true- some of the best Mexican food with craft beer I've ever had was in San Diego- there is a lot more to do than hang out at the beach with your… Continue reading San Diego Adventures: Beyond the Beach

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Celebrations in the Time of Covid

This past Saturday was my Sami’s birthday. It was a big one- number 13- marking the end of her childhood years, and the beginning of her walk over the bridge to adulthood. We began the day with breakfast with her dad, with the plan to open gifts and have cake later that evening, and schedule… Continue reading Celebrations in the Time of Covid

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Hiking the Angeles: Mt. Lowe

Albert, Toby and Chris the puppies enjoy the view of the Los Angeles area and Catalina Island In the days before the Covid-19 pandemic closures- as in way back three months ago prior to early March- I used head out on special adventures when the boys went on their camping trips. On one such trip,… Continue reading Hiking the Angeles: Mt. Lowe