Pinnacles National Park – Discovery & Remembrance

On the High Trail, just below Scout Peak, I pulled out a map to orient myself. I was also curious how well my smartphone’s mapping program was working. The phone had been in airplane mode for most of my stay in the park since there hadn’t been a signal since turning off Highway 25. This …

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Butano State Park – Hiking and Camping under the Redwoods

If you haven’t heard of Butano State Park you’re not alone.  I hadn't either, until I was listened to a KQED podcast on California State Parks and one of the guests mentioned it.  Nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Butano State Park is smaller and harder to get to than more famous Big Basin Redwoods State …

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Point Reyes National Seashore – A tame adventure on a wild coast

Earlier this May I made a much anticipated, and much overdue, trip to Point Reyes National Seashore.  Point Reyes was the second stop of a ten day trip combining family visits and outdoor adventure.  Back in 2015 I had a permit to stay at Glen Camp, but due to personal commitments and other factors, it …

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Nearby Adventures: Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve

If you live in Southern California, it can feel like one, big, massive, ever-growing, sprawl. Standing atop many of the regions highest peaks, the views are ‘marred’ by homes and strip malls and freeways and factories and skyscrapers: sprawl. There are however, places not too far away and not too difficult to get to, where there …

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