Willow Spring

Not to be confused with the Willow Spring Figueroa Trail or the Willow Spur trail, also in the Los Padres Mtns. Went for a hike yesterday with my daughter to a place I’ve not gone before, which is surprising when you consider all the times I’ve hiked other trails around here. It was lovely. It’s […]

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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 […]

Sunrise!

Though I like sunsets (and who doesn’t like photos of them) and long thought of ’em as my favorite time of day, I’ve always enjoyed the freshness of mornings. Especially in the last several years. The newness. The hope. In general, new and younger things in nature just kind of seem more cheerful to be […]

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 […]

The Serengeti (of North America)

Took a trip recently to Yellowstone National Park with my daughter. While we hike regularly in our own area of the central coast of California, and always have a lovely time, it’s also almost always a lonely, silent peregrination wildlife-wise. Thats thanks to hunters. Wild animals that are hunted, learn to fear people and, thus, […]

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 […]

Autumn In Vermont

Every fall, the US northeast puts on a show, a dazzling display of color, when deciduous leaves, in particular, sugar maple, turn from green to -> yellow -> orange -> red, and all the variety of hues in-between. It’s truly one of the wonders of the world. Of course, since this blog is all about […]

My PCT Section Hike

Finally took my Pacific Crest Trail hike, well a part of it, that is. The PCT is not just any hike, it requires a massive amount of logistics and planning. For one thing, it’s pretty much impossible to get to many of the trailheads without having to hitchhike, something I’m not great at. Then, since […]

The beauty necessity of waving grass

Been awhile since I posted, but I’ve been pondering this one for some time. I once worked at a large company which had a cafeteria and an enclosed outdoor area, where people who chose to, could sit. Of course, I usually ate outdoors. One day, as I was lunching and causally glancing over a low […]