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Hidden Views in Madera County

For part two of Owen's grand adventure weekend, we headed out of Yosemite National Park and southwest to Hensley Lake to a place called Hidden View Campground. Hensley Lake was formed in 1974 with the building of Hidden Dam on the Fresno River. The 1500-acre lake has a capacity of about 90000 acre-feet of water.… Continue reading Hidden Views in Madera County

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Beachy Trails: The Bluffs of San Clemente

As mentioned in previous posts, South Orange County is a place that I and my family tend to frequent. With my in-laws living in a spacious home across the tracks from the ocean, we often travel down to San Clemente for holidays and random long weekends. When there, my favorite downtime activity is to take… Continue reading Beachy Trails: The Bluffs of San Clemente

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Palomar Mountain State Park

At the end of October, as the leaves began to change with the coming of autumn and the temperatures cooled to sweater weather, I was off and traveling again for work, this time helping to lead our group of sixth graders up to science camp in the forests of San Diego County. The trek was… Continue reading Palomar Mountain State Park

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Hiking the Angeles: Millard Canyon

About two weeks ago from time of writing, a small brush fire at Eaton Canyon disrupted our weekly Monday night hike up to Henninger Flats with our Boy Scout troop. Fortunately, our awesome L.A. County and Pasadena firefighters were quickly able to extinguish the wind-fueled blaze before it got more than about an acre. The… Continue reading Hiking the Angeles: Millard Canyon