Laguna Meadow – A late winter family outing

  Heading through the forest to Laguna Meadow Back in February, it was a gorgeous winter day. There was a chill in the air, but spring was on its way. I carved a day out on the calendar away from Burger Bench. I wanted to take my family on a … [Read more...]

The Thrill of Discovery

Lately, my blog posts have been few and far between. As many of you know, I have been a little busy with a hamburger restaurant in Escondido. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been taking some time out and enjoying the outdoors. Just not as … [Read more...]

Granite Springs Trail Camp – Cuyamaca moon

Oakzanita Peak Panorama Summer had just come to an end, but it sure didn’t feel like it. It was sweltering in the lowlands and in the past I’d headed to the hills to get some relief. Since my daughter had a day off on Monday, we decided … [Read more...]

Felicita Creek – Being present in the outdoors

Bernardo Mountain from the bridge The other day, my daughter and I were walking our dog in the canyon near our home, like we do several times a day. It was hot, so we wanted to get our dog back inside as soon as possible. However, my daughter wanted … [Read more...]

Canadian Rockies – A gorgeous change of plans

Saskatchewan Glacier and a host of peaks from Parker Ridge Sometimes you don’t get the trip that you planned, but you get one that you need. Our trip to the Canadian Rockies started out a little rocky. Our plan was this: The PD and I would fly … [Read more...]

Not Every Adventure Needs to be Epic

Good morning, Cleveland National Forest On TV, YouTube, and social media, we constantly see images of people trekking over hundreds of miles, scaling ice walls, sailing across oceans, living out of their vans, and traversing crevasse-ridden … [Read more...]

Have I lost my mountain mojo?

Photo Credit Vern Dewit – http://verndewit.com/ About 9 months ago, I read the following paragraph in a blog about summiting spectacular peaks in the Canadian Rockies. I had been reading this blog for several years and his posts about the peaks … [Read more...]

Peak 3339 – Peak 71 – A rocky peak at the edge of the desert

The green desert meadow Peak 3339 Elevation: 3,339′ Miles: 6.6 Trailhead Agency: McCain Valley National Wildlife Area (BLM) When scanning the list of remaining peaks I have on the San Diego 100 Peaks list, I realized there was one that wasn’t … [Read more...]

Big Black Mountain – SD Peak #70 – My first section hike

At the trailhead to Big Black Mountain in Pamo Valley Big Black Mountain Elevation: 4,051′ Miles: 14.2 Trail head Agency: Cleveland National Forest Section hiking: hiking a trail one section at a time, without continuity and not necessarily in … [Read more...]

Cemetery Hill – SD Peak #69 – A Short Backpacking Trip Bathed in Sunset Light

The area around Cemetery Hill Cemetery Hill Elevation: 3,459′ Total Mileage: 3.6 Trailhead Map Agency: Cleveland National Forest I had gotten settled back into San Diego. It had been a couple of months since the Muir Taco trip to the Sierra. I had … [Read more...]