San Diego, Part 5: Sunset Cliffs

The Sunset Cliffs are bluffs along a stretch of coastline in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego, known for breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. The area has trails for walking and… Continue reading

San Diego, Part 4: The Outdoor Gardens of Balboa Park

As I mentioned, Balboa Park also has an abundance of outdoor gardens and spaces for recreation and leisure. They’re all beautiful, trust me. The cactus garden is fantastical, the rose garden fragrant, and… Continue reading

San Diego, Part 3: The Architecture and Indoor Gardens of Balboa Park

Balboa Park is a massive urban park in the middle of the city, containing gardens, buildings, museums, and more. Much of it is dominated by the Spanish Baroque architecture created for the 1915… 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

San Diego, Part 1: The Beaches

My first stop on the California coast was San Diego and I did not want to leave. The weather was perfect, the water warm, the beaches free, the palm trees plentiful, the sunsets… 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