Support Our National Monuments

Well, I’d intended to take an indefinite break from this blog but circumstances have compelled me to post once again. My apologies. It seems that there are two kinds of people in this world: the short-sighted and the far-sighted. The short-sighted are those who measure the value of things in an extremely limited way, both […]

Trasher Hall of Shame

Following are images of some of the more notable of the many instances of trash carelessly, or deliberately tossed about I've come upon in my hiking life. I always have to ask, why do some people have so little respect for nature? Shame on the trashers. Please you bozos, get the hint. And if you […]

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 […]

Ode to Solitude

By Alexander Pope. Circa 1700. Long a favorite. Happy the man, whose wish and care A few paternal acres bound, Content to breathe his native air, In his own ground. Whose herds with milk, whose fields with bread, Whose flocks supply him with attire, Whose trees in summer yield him shade, In winter fire. Blest! […]

Reflections At The Coast

The kid and I found this spectacular, and somewhat hidden, spot to walk and dream in. It is a place of beauty and peace. Of green hills and rolling waves. A place out-of-time. As always, click to enlarge. Interesting rock formations. Ripples of an ancient seabed. And seaspray! I love that word. Walking here in […]

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 […]

Rain Trees

There’s a kind of tree known commonly in some parts of the world as “rain trees”. The botanical name for these trees is Albizia saman. According to Wikipedia, “The name ‘rain tree’ was coined in tropical India, especially Bengal. Its origin is the moisture that collects on the ground under the tree, largely the honeydew-like […]

A Walk In The Woods

While it doesn’t have a lot to do with the Miocene epoch per se, and I am not a professional reviewer, I thought I’d give a shot at an assessment of the movie adaptation of Bill Bryson’s best-selling book of the same name: A Walk In The Woods. Anyway, hiking (along with conservation) is a […]