california, Camping, dogs, Family, Hiking, outdoors, Pets, Travel

Snow Much Fun

There’s something magical about snow covered mountains. This is especially true in Southern California where we really don’t get snow at elevations under about 5000 feet. Last weekend, as we prepared for the advent of spring, we headed up our local mountains in search of an adventure for our pets. About an hour away from… Continue reading Snow Much Fun

california, Camping, Hiking, Museums, national parks, outdoors, photography, Travel, Vacation

A Day Among Giants: Sequoia National Park

Giant Forest and the General Sherman Tree I love places that make me feel small, places that remind me of my infinitesimal spot in the universe. Standing among the giants of Sequoia National Park, home to some of the oldest and largest trees in the world, is a beautiful place to do just that. With… Continue reading A Day Among Giants: Sequoia National Park

california, Camping, Hiking, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized

Cucamonga Peak via Icehouse Canyon

Cucamonga Peak. Views best enjoyed at 8859 feet This past weekend brought a new adventure up what was for me a new peak. 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… Continue reading Cucamonga Peak via Icehouse Canyon

california, Camping, Hiking, outdoors, parenting, Travel, Uncategorized

A Day at Mt. Baden-Powell with my Sami

Samantha at the summit. This past Saturday, with the help of a Subway sandwich bribe, I convinced Samantha, my twelve-year-old, to hike up Mt. Baden-Powell with some of our Scouts as part of their Sierra training. We started from Vincent Gap off California Highway 2, up forty unforgiving switchbacks, and made it to the peak… Continue reading A Day at Mt. Baden-Powell with my Sami

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Our Great British Transportation Adventure

Driving us crazy: The kids brought blankets to hide themselves when I had difficulty parking. As I transition from our stay in the English countryside to London, I'd like to take a minute to talk about the issue of transportation while visiting Great Britain. For us, our primary mode of transportation changed when we headed… Continue reading Our Great British Transportation Adventure