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Pinnacles National Park

Sami enjoys the views from the Bear Gulch Trail. California once was- and still is in some parts- a hotbed of volcanic activity. Combine that with faulting and years of weathering and erosion, and you get the amazing Pinnacles National Park. Pinnacles is relatively new to the national park family. It was designated America's 59th… Continue reading Pinnacles National Park

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Claremont Wilderness Loop

In caring for my mental health, I have learned that a pleasant hike is a way to not just get some good exercise, but that it is also a way to reset my brain. Last weekend, I decided to head out with Owen to Claremont for some of that clarity. This popular hike in the… Continue reading Claremont Wilderness Loop

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The Magic Returns: The 133rd Tournament of Roses

The Cal Poly Universities float: the cow figures out how to jump over the moon After a hiatus that was precedented only four times before due to World War II in the over 130 years of the Tournament of Roses, in a hopeful sign of normalcy, the Rose Parade has returned to Pasadena, California. This… Continue reading The Magic Returns: The 133rd Tournament of Roses

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The International Adventures of Chris the Puppy

Chris the Puppy between the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul It has been a busy season of travel lately, more so than I am typically used to. From July 2021 till now, every month has seen a new adventure. From camping in Yosemite to international flights to Prague to take Emily to school… Continue reading The International Adventures of Chris the Puppy

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Cucamonga Peak via Icehouse Canyon

Cucamonga Peak hike 2021. Views best enjoyed at 8859 feet Located in the San Bernardino National Forest not far from Mt. Baldy is Cucamonga Peak. Sitting at 8859 feet above sea level, with an elevation gain of over 4300 feet from the Icehouse Canyon trailhead, this hike is no joke. But the beauty of Icehouse… Continue reading Cucamonga Peak via Icehouse Canyon