My Walking Stick(s)

Actually, I would rather have had only one, because it would be like my right arm by now. Lots of stories I suspect. But it was taken. Let me explain. I had originally one that I got from a favorite place to hike a long time ago. Stoney Creek, it was called. The trail where […]

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On The Beach

No, not the science fiction, although it’s certainly an Apocalyptic feeling time. This was this morning. Feast your eyes because I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it this empty. Usually, there’s cars all over it. Ruddy and I almost got hit by a zooming RV (coming from behind us), of all things, here once. It […]

Walking in the shade of the Laurel

Took another hike today. I think that shelter-in-place might be our undoing. The United States, that is. Americans have a hard time staying cooped up. Especially western Americans. Especially in the spring. When you see green grass growing, smell the flower’s blooming and hear the birds singing, you gotta get out. One of the bottom […]

Island Life

I’ve always loved islands. In fact, when we were about 7 or so, my brother and I tried to run away to one. We’d seen them in picture books and were inspirited. We didn’t get too far, of course. But that didn’t stop our loving them. I have been to Hawaii (twice), but that seems […]

Seven Sides of San Luis Obispo

I love this town. Oprah Winfrey has called it America’s Happiest City. Following are some pics I’ve taken on various hikes in the hills surrounding SLO, as locals call it. If you look in the distance, you can see the ocean in some of them. The mountains are ancient volcanos called, The Morros. Most were […]

Of Drought and Rains and Climate Change

(This post has been later edited for clarity and addition of information) We on the west are having quite the winter this year! Torrential storms (accompanied by hurricane force winds) are soaking the state of California*, hopefully ending a punishing 5 year drought. I see, though, in my perusing of various websites on the topic, […]

Stopping by the Woods

A school vacation break with my kid. We wanted to visit the snow, so we headed to the Sierras. Spent the first night high up on a mountainside in sleeping bags in the back of the truck, while rain pounded down on the shell a foot above us. It made for mad rushing rivers. The […]

Caves We’ve Known

Similar to Wild Swimming Pools I’ve Known, here are some caves I’ve found and explored over the years. This isn’t all of them, just the ones I got pictures of. This first one I found at The Grasslands (my name). A talus cave. These next two are of the same cave. First from the outside. […]

Fall in the Forest

On a sixteen mile loop. A lovely day, just me and the pup. While the upper lands were hot and dry, there was plenty of cool, flowing water in deep canyon pools for wading and swimming, which we did. We walked in silence down the long, winding, narrow trail, just listening to cheery birdsong and […]