Peak 78 – Chariot Mountain – A inverted hike along the edge

Chariot MountainElevation: 4,680’Mileage: ~9.3Trailhead MapAgency: Anza-Borrego Desert State ParkOn a recent family hike, we enjoyed some grasslands along the eastern edge of Cuyamaca. Chariot Mountain was on my list, so I was able to see it as I … [Read more...]

Peak 76 – Pinyon Mountain (P4492) – A short desert ridge trek

Pinyon MountainElevation: 4,492’Mileage: ~1.5Trailhead MapAgency: Anza Borrego Desert State ParkThis is a fairly short hike, so it’s probably best to combine it with Whale Peak, like we did. One of my rules of hiking is that the drive time can’t be … [Read more...]

Peak 76 – Pinyon Mountain (P4492) – A short desert ridge trek

Pinyon MountainElevation: 4,492’Mileage: ~1.5Trailhead MapAgency: Anza Borrego Desert State ParkThis is a fairly short hike, so it’s probably best to combine it with Whale Peak, like we did. One of my rules of hiking is that the drive time can’t be … [Read more...]

A Year in Pictures – 2019 was a year of traveling

2019 was a pretty amazing year for travel. Roughly 23% of my year was spent away from home. I saw landscapes all over the world. … [Read more...]

A Year in Pictures – 2019 was a year of traveling

2019 was a pretty amazing year for travel. Roughly 23% of my year was spent away from home. I saw landscapes all over the world. … [Read more...]

Peaks 74 & 75 – Wilson Benchmark and Pinyon Ridge (4614) – A perfect desert day

Peak 74: Wilson BenchmarkElevation: 4,573’Peak 75: Pinyon Ridge HPElevation: 4,614’Total Mileage: 8.7Trailhead MapAgency: Anza Borrego Desert State ParkIt was an ideal December day for a nice desert hike. Big clouds were amassing overhead without any … [Read more...]

Backpacking to frozen Long Lake on the Bishop Pass Trail

Last summer, Sophia and I went on her first Sierra Nevada backpacking trip. She was hooked. Since her summer vacation was only two months long and was already nearly full with travel plans, we decided to head to the mountains right after her school … [Read more...]

Backpacking to frozen Long Lake on the Bishop Pass Trail

Last summer, Sophia and I went on her first Sierra Nevada backpacking trip. She was hooked. Since her summer vacation was only two months long and was already nearly full with travel plans, we decided to head to the mountains right after her school … [Read more...]

Eagle Rock – Peak 72 – A pleasant stroll through the grasslands

Eagle RockElevation: 3,520′Total Mileage: ~6.5Trailhead MapAgency: Vista Irrigation DistrictOn a warm day in early fall, Soph and I headed out to Warner Springs to hike to Eagle Rock. We had our usual conversations, looking out the … [Read more...]

Treasure Lakes Backpacking – Sophia’s first time overnight in the Sierra

What follows is a paper that my daughter wrote for a 5th grade project. We had gone up to Parchers Resort this summer, one of my favorite places outside Bishop, to spend one night in a cabin and one night backpacking to Treasure Lakes out of South … [Read more...]

Treasure Lakes Backpacking – Sophia’s first time overnight in the Sierra

What follows is a paper that my daughter wrote for a 5th grade project. We had gone up to Parchers Resort this summer, one of my favorite places outside Bishop, to spend one night in a cabin and one night backpacking to Treasure Lakes out of South … [Read more...]

Backpacking Whale Peak in Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Gathering the PD and his daughter, Soph and I headed out to Whale Peak in January to not only collect another peak for her, but to enjoy the quiet solitude of the desert. I had been there twice already, but never to camp.We approached from the north … [Read more...]

Backpacking Whale Peak in Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Gathering the PD and his daughter, Soph and I headed out to Whale Peak in January to not only collect another peak for her, but to enjoy the quiet solitude of the desert. I had been there twice already, but never to camp.We approached from the north … [Read more...]

Mount Langley – Not a summit, but still a success

My campsite at 11,500’ I was exhausted. I had no appetite. The afternoon clouds dropped rain on the valley below, but only sprinkles landed on me. I sat on a boulder at my campsite, staring at … [Read more...]

Mount Langley – Not a summit, but still a success

My campsite at 11,500’ I was exhausted. I had no appetite. The afternoon clouds dropped rain on the valley below, but only sprinkles landed on me. I sat on a boulder at my campsite, staring at … [Read more...]

East Boulder Lake in the Trinity Alps – Our 2017 Summer Backpacking Trip

Our Campsite at East Boulder Lake Once again, I was faced with the joy and challenge of planning a backpacking trip for the PD and me. And once again, I was tasked with crafting a trip that … [Read more...]

East Boulder Lake in the Trinity Alps – Our 2017 Summer Backpacking Trip

Our Campsite at East Boulder Lake Once again, I was faced with the joy and challenge of planning a backpacking trip for the PD and me. And once again, I was tasked with crafting a trip that … [Read more...]

Back to Banff – This time with family

After my trip to Banff and the Canadian Rockies with the PD back in 2015, I wanted to take my family there. The area is spectacular and I knew they would enjoy it as much as I did. In 2016, I headed back with my family and we enjoyed someone the same … [Read more...]

Back to Banff – This time with family

After my trip to Banff and the Canadian Rockies with the PD back in 2015, I wanted to take my family there. The area is spectacular and I knew they would enjoy it as much as I did. In 2016, I headed back with my family and we enjoyed someone the same … [Read more...]

Dusy Basin Solo Backpacking – The Art of Missing Out

I decided to go on a solo backpacking trip to Dusy Basin last September because I felt I needed it. Let’s just say it was a busy, crazy year. I wanted to disconnect for a bit.I remembered back to two years prior, when the PD, SocalHiker, and I zoomed … [Read more...]

Dusy Basin Solo Backpacking – The Art of Missing Out

I decided to go on a solo backpacking trip to Dusy Basin last September because I felt I needed it. Let’s just say it was a busy, crazy year. I wanted to disconnect for a bit.I remembered back to two years prior, when the PD, SocalHiker, and I zoomed … [Read more...]

Dusy Basin Solo Backpacking – The Art of Missing Out

I decided to go on a solo backpacking trip to Dusy Basin last September because I felt I needed it. Let’s just say it was a busy, crazy year. I wanted to disconnect for a bit. I remembered back to two years prior, when the PD, SocalHiker, and … [Read more...]

Sedona – A family trip in the outdoors

Sedona from The Red Rock Visitor Center Several times a year, I am tasked with one of my favorite things: planning a family trip. This time, I didn't have to come up with the destination. I … [Read more...]

Sedona – A family trip in the outdoors

Sedona from The Red Rock Visitor Center Several times a year, I am tasked with one of my favorite things: planning a family trip. This time, I didn't have to come up with the destination. I … [Read more...]