Category Archive: hiking

Redwoods National Park, Part 3: Lady Bird Johnson Grove

The inland redwood forests on the hills are of a slightly different quality than the coastal groves. Less dense with less understory, these forests are naturally brighter, less humid, and have a less… Continue reading

Redwoods, Part 2: Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

The coastal groves of Prairie Creek are densely wooded, with thick layers of organic tuff on the forest floor and thick fog that hangs in the moist air. The woods here have a… Continue reading

Redwoods National and State Parks, Part 1: An Introduction

Once I reached the coast I continued making my way north along Highway 101, which alternately runs along the Pacific cliffs, past low-lying wetlands, and through the forested hills. Just driving along the… Continue reading

Mount Madonna County Park

Driving back inland late in the day over the mountains and through the yellow-leafed trees was rejuvenating, the crisp fall air and late afternoon sunlight streaming through the trees a reminder of the… Continue reading

San Diego, Part 2: Torrey Pines State Park

I visited Torrey Pines State Park twice while in San Diego. Located north of La Jolla, the park is a reserve for the rare Torrey Pine and migrating seabirds. The coastline here is… Continue reading

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Because the government shutdown was ongoing, I decided to head to the California coast, where beaches and warmer temperatures could be enjoyed. Driving through Nevada however, I made a stop at Valley of… Continue reading

The Government Shutdown: Hanging Out Around Dixie National Forest

With the government shutdown closing all the parks and monuments I was a bit stuck being in Southern Utah. Without any indication of how long it was going to last and because I… Continue reading

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Part 3: Coyote Buttes and The Wave

An extraordinary set of circumstances occurred when I returned to the trailhead from my morning in Wire Pass and Buckskin Gulch. I had decided to drive to a different trailhead for an afternoon… Continue reading

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Part 2: Wire Pass Buckskin Gulch. Or A Tale of Coordination and Disaster.

I arrived bright and early at Wire Pass Trailhead the morning of October 1st, the day of the government shutdown. As I was looking at the trail map a ranger pulled up and… Continue reading

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Part 1 and Horseshoe Bend

After leaving Grand Canyon I headed to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Arriving after midday, I started with some shorter hikes and excursions, the first of which was a drive out to the old… Continue reading