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Chino Hills State Park

After Owen's recent hospitalization at a veterinary hospital for pneumonia, we've been taking it easier when it comes to outdoor activity. It's been about a month since he came home, and while he's maintained his puppy-like sweet and playful spirit, his body is definitely slowing down. He is still quite active, and after a fun… Continue reading Chino Hills State Park

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Hiking the Angeles: Mt. Wilson Trail to First Water and Orchard Camp

The early morning fog along the trail I feel incredibly lucky to live where I do in Southern California; the San Gabriel Valley, just under the shadow of the San Gabriel Mountains is a gateway to many adventures. For here it seems that at the end of every quaint foothill street, there is a hiking… Continue reading Hiking the Angeles: Mt. Wilson Trail to First Water and Orchard Camp

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Solvang, California

After an adventure-filled weekend celebrating National Parks Week 2022, Earth Day, and Junior Ranger Day at Pinnacles National Park in central California, too soon it was time to begin the trek home. But is was not time to end the adventure just yet. We have learned over the course of many road trips that there… Continue reading Solvang, California

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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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Pinnacles National Park

Sami enjoys the views from the Bear Gulch Trail. California once was- and still is in some parts- a hotbed of volcanic activity. Combine that with faulting and years of weathering and erosion, and you get the amazing Pinnacles National Park. Pinnacles is relatively new to the national park family. It was designated America's 59th… Continue reading Pinnacles National Park