Alpine

Little Lakes, Big Views

  I’ve wanted to see some alpine lakes in the California Sierra for quite some time but always assumed that would require some serious backpacking and probably a sobering elevation […]

Hiking

Twice in a Lifetime

As I’ve confessed before, I’m a bit of a wildflower junkie.  Last year (March 2016) I read an article about the once in a generation ‘superbloom’ in Death Valley. So […]

Hiking

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 […]

Desert

Death Valley Comes to Life

I’ve got this thing about shooting wildflowers.  I think it’s something about filling the viewfinder with the vivid colors and symmetry that can be a little elusive, all while outside […]

Hiking

The Color Green

With no meaningful rain in the the last four years, whatever color was in the oak leaves had drained away along with the water table, leaving wooded views so muted that […]

Beaches

Third Time’s the Charm

  This park is closed due to fire and winter rain damage.  For the latest information check the park website. This is my third visit to Andrew Molera State Park. […]

Beaches

Epiphany, with a View

  The East side of the park on Highway 1 is closed due to fire and winter rain damage. Check the park website for the latest information. This is the […]

Biking

Fields of Gold

    Well, actually, you have to work a bit before you get to the fields of gold. Before that, there’s a 7 mile washboard road that’s a field of […]

Biking

Best Views, No Bull

Soberness Fire Closings: Check each park website for the latest information on all county and state parks. Toro County Park, dammit. It took two, seven-mile hikes to get it right. The […]

Beaches

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 […]

Hiking

Wild for Flowers, Sierra National Forest

We all know the best way to tackle a big project is to break it down into small pieces. That’s sort of how we ended up on the Hite Cove […]

Biking

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 […]

Beaches

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 […]

Beaches

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 […]

Beaches

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 […]