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The Year of the Rabbit- updated

Trigger Warning: Gun violence The Rabbit in the Chinese zodiac is said to embody gentleness, empathy, and calm. This is according to the Economic Times, as well as a number of scholarly, entertainment, and news sites. We are at the beginning of the Lunar New Year, and I am looking forward to a year that… Continue reading The Year of the Rabbit- updated

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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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San Gabriel Valley Resource List

As we continue our slow emergence from a global pandemic, life is beginning to feel more like normal. Schools across Southern California have returned to some form of in-person instruction, and we are now looking forward to graduations and other end-of-the-year celebrations. While these events are greatly modified from the parties of years past, at… Continue reading San Gabriel Valley Resource List

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Hiking the Angeles: Mt. Islip

The view from Windy Gap For breathtaking views of the San Gabriel Valley and the Los Angeles Basin to the Mojave Desert and the lower peaks of the San Gabriel Mountains, all from 8250 feet and without all the crowds, Mt. Islip is the hike for you. There are two routes that can be taken… Continue reading Hiking the Angeles: Mt. Islip