Five 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

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, that some are wasting no time in zealously claiming that these rains […]

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 […]

Half Feral

Saturday hike in a rare California rain. Just me and the boy. Couldn’t let it pass. The place, the Los Padres National Forest: mountain grass/woodland – my favorite. Everywhere was a misty Monet, and it only took a few steps to fade into the painting. … We tip-toed through sleepy meadow tallgrass bent under the […]

MontaƱa de Oro

A nice place to go. Went to this State Park, about 2 miles south of Los Osos, California, yesterday with my daughter and we had a great time. After our recent coast clean up (see my last post) it was beautiful. Honestly though, I don’t remember the park any other way. “The park’s name, ‘Mountain […]

Coastal Cleanup Day!

Tomorrow, Saturday September 17, is International Coastal Cleanup Day! Yea! This is an annual event that serves several purposes, the main being the removal of a lot, hopefully most (but probably not), of the junk that thoughtless others throw on the ground the rest of the year. The other purpose is that it gets one […]

Zzyzx Road

From Jon Jenkins’ Beyond City Light album. One of those special tunes that inspired me to write. Zzyzx, a small complex of buildings located in the Mojave Desert Midway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, was once a spa and retreat of sorts for devout Christians. It was run by a colorful fellow named Curtis […]

Summertime

Though not rich by a looong shot, I try to do something with my wonderful daughter every year during her summer break from school. Of course, I have fun too. So we climbed in the old truck and headed out. Last year it was Big Sur. This year Big Sur is sadly burning, so we […]