The Pinnacles, in Full Bloom

  The big El Nino was a bit of a bust. We did get more rain than we’ve had in the previous five winters around here, but nothing like the […]


Bath Time in Birdland

I was walking around the ranch on a hot and dry Sunday. I noticed that one of the drip irrigation lines had a crack in it.  I looked up and […]


The Birds: Zmudowski State Beach

I took advantage of the late summer light last week and squeezed a little more into a day that would have normally ended when I packed up and left my […]


Just Add Water: San Luis NWR

Our stop here was really an afterthought. Susie and I were on our way to the Hite Cove Trail in the Sierra National Forest and decided to layover in Merced […]


Arroyo Seco Gorge(ous)

This is about the fourth trip Susie and I have made to the trail along Arroyo Seco Gorge, which is about 45 minutes southeast of the ranch by Carmel Valley […]


Big Birds, Big Boulders: Pinnacles National Park

Here’s the thing.  From the parking lot it doesn’t look like much.  Yes, the rocks you see when you get out of your car are a little unusual. The smooth […]


Rocks and Rollers, Soberanes Point

Soberness Fire Closings: Check each park website for the latest information on all Big Sur parks. It rained this week.  The first serious rain in 10 months around Monterey.  Not […]


Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge

Note: The dirt road leading to the refuge may be impassible because of rain. I drive across the Salinas river a few times a week on my way to work […]


Beach Fix: Garrapata State Park

The park on the East side of Highway 1 is closed due to damage from fire and winter rain.  For the latest information, check the park website. If you’re looking […]


Classic Coast, Right Next Door

Point Lobos State Preserve is always our first stop when guests come into town; it’s a close-by, crash course on the coastal ecosystems that puts you face to face with […]