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The Natural Bridges of Calaveras County

Wading in Coyote Creek at Natural Bridges The County of Calaveras is on the smaller end of the California counties, ranking 40 out of 58 in terms of acreage, but it does boast a number of hiking trails and outdoor areas in a relatively concentrated area. The eastern portion of Calaveras is protected by the… Continue reading The Natural Bridges of Calaveras County

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Bridgeport, California

Also known as Great California Road Trips: U.S. 395, Part 2 Bodie gold mines Listening to my roadtrip playlist on Spotify while driving up U.S. 395, I have to imagine that at least one verse in John Cragie's I Am California, specifically where the song goes,'Yeah dig all my gold, soak in my springs, conquer… Continue reading Bridgeport, California

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Hiking the Angeles: Strawberries on Strawberry Peak

The July 4th holiday weekend brought a new adventure in the form of a new hike. Continuing on the Six Pack of Peaks Challenge, I opted to attempt the hike up to Strawberry Peak beginning at the trailhead on Angeles Crest Highway and Red Box Road. The morning started off smoothly, then turned into an… Continue reading Hiking the Angeles: Strawberries on Strawberry Peak

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Bailey Canyon Nature Trails

Into the woods This afternoon's Sunday adventure took me back to Bailey Canyon Park in Sierra Madre. This time we took Owen, and rather than heading up the challenging Bailey Canyon Trail to Jones Peak, we explored the family-friendly nature trails in Bailey Canyon Park. We headed up on Sunday mid-afternoon, after church and a… Continue reading Bailey Canyon Nature Trails

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Jones Peak via Bailey Canyon

The heart of stones at the peak. Sadly, the wooden sign was gone. This morning, a Saturday with weather typical of Southern California's 'May gray,' proved to be the perfect time to attempt a new peak. At 3375 feet in elevation, Jones Peak is not the highest mountain in the San Gabriels, but it is… Continue reading Jones Peak via Bailey Canyon