american west, california, Hiking, outdoors, Travel, Uncategorized, writing

Wild Winters Melt into Springs

Enjoying the cool mist from the Brown Mountain Dam waterfall The wild weather of the past several months in California is yielding some lovely results. While technically not a 'superbloom' in many areas, the superfluity of water has sprouted many beautiful blooms across verdant hills in southern and central California. I enjoyed the drive up… Continue reading Wild Winters Melt into Springs

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West Pinnacles

Our national park adventure continued after a beautiful morning spent at Bear Gulch on the east side of Pinnacles National Park. As California 146 does not connect the two sides of the park, we drove out of the park and headed about an hour southwest toward Soledad. After a quick stop for fuel and a… Continue reading West Pinnacles

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The Great ShakeOut: Preparing for the Big One

Our car first aid kit, jumper cables and other emergency repair items, a plushie for Sami, along with cards and books to entertain if we're stuck somewhere. Just in case. This morning, schools and businesses across the Golden State participated in a massive statewide earthquake drill called "The Great Shakeout." At one of our school… Continue reading The Great ShakeOut: Preparing for the Big One

american west, california, Camping, Dog, dogs, Family, Hiking, Organization, outdoors, Pets, safety, Shopping, Travel, Uncategorized

Great Hikes: Be Prepared

In the Angeles National Forest for an autumn hike. Happy trails! Welcome back to my two-part series on hiking with dogs. Today the focus will be on how to prepare for a hike with your best pal. As with just about everything in life, there are some inherent risks in exploring the great outdoors.  Weather,… Continue reading Great Hikes: Be Prepared