“Chasing Ghosts” (Bailey Canyon Falls and Dana Point Waterfall – January 21, 2017 to January 22, 2017)

It wasn’t until about 3:45pm when we finally got home, but we definitely had to be careful driving up the I-5 as there were a few moments of standing water even on the fast and car pool lanes…

“Hiking or Legoland” (Cedar Creek Falls and Legoland – January 6, 2017 to January 8, 2017)

For just two hours in the park, I didn’t want to spend this kind of money. But Julie was insistent on us going in to park. Our verbal disagreement made the parking attendant uncomfortable and then…

“New Year, New Waterfall (sort of…)” (Aliso Viejo Waterfall – January 2, 2017)

Speaking of unpleasant, the water definitely had an unpleasant smell so we knew very well that this water was polluted. But that didn’t stop Tahia from running towards the foaming plunge pool where…

“Second Wave” (Eaton Canyon Falls – December 10, 2016)

Near the base of the Eaton Canyon Falls were some roses as well as another ledge where there was another bouquet of dried up flowers. I’m betting that these were to commemorate lost loved ones…

“Cortisol Levels” (Monrovia Canyon Falls – November 13, 2016)

We stared and watched as one guy was squared off against another with a third guy nearby either going to join in or just watch. But one of the guys looked like he wanted to get something from the…

“Bringing Up To Snuff” (Northern California and Southern Oregon – July 10, 2016 to July 16, 2016)

Of course, when Mom saw the closure sign, she called out to me and wondered if it was wise to do this, which further raised some doubts as to whether my confidence in the park being…

“The California Waterfall Rush” (Redding and Lake Tahoe – June 18, 2016 to June 24, 2016)

Anyways, after climbing then going around a bend where there was that familiar view of Mono Lake, we could now see that Mono Lake was essentially one big haze with the lake hardly being able…

“R Dub Nation” (Santa Cruz Mountains, Foresthill, Grass Valley, Oroville, and Sonoma – May 19, 2016 to May 22, 2016)

According to our GPS, we only had around 5-6 miles to go, but soon the weather continued to deteriorate from hail to heavy snow flurries. Now, things were getting serious, and it eventually got…

“Pick Your Poison” (Cooper Canyon Falls and Buckhorn Falls – May 1, 2016)

And indeed, there were plenty of moments where I had to make a decision on whether to make a risk-laden boulder scramble with dropoffs or wade through the poison oak. It was definitely a case of…

“A Joy Luck Weekend” (Switzer Falls and Portugese Bend – April 23-24, 2016)

As I was making the steep scramble up, I had to go up some exposed tree roots before I was on a narrow rock ledge leading to a narrow section where the rock ledge was kind of aided by the way…

“Self Picked Adventure” (Paradise Falls – April 16, 2016)

When we had our fill of Paradise Falls, we then headed back up at 3:45pm. And as expected, Tahia was not in much of a mood to walk. She wanted us to carry her, but we couldn’t accommodate…

“An Inconvenient Opportunity” (Holy Jim Falls – April 10, 2016)

Sure enough when we got onto the Trabuco Creek Road, we saw there was still water puddles filling in the potholes. Plus, the road was muddy as expected so we knew that Julie’s car was going to get…

“From PV to the OC” (Abalone Cove and Falls Canyon Falls – February 20, 2016 to February 21, 2016)

So while Julie and I were having this GEICO Commercial moment (where Tarzan and Jane were arguing over directions) and Tahia was getting antsy about this hike becoming longer than she had bargained…

“Fighting Off The Flu Bug” (Fish Canyon Falls – February 13, 2016)

As we were getting ready for the hike, the sun was bearing down on us as it looked like it was going to be yet another hot day today (yet another February day in the 80s or 90s). As my headaches…

“Knowing The Limits” (Bailey Canyon Falls – February 6, 2016)

So that right off the bat kind of hinted to us that this excursion could very well be a waste of time. Even Julie was starting to entertain the thought of just aborting this hike…

“Chasing Nostalgia” (Millard Falls – January 30, 2016)

While this was going on, we were letting Tahia play while Julie and I looked around to see if any of the boulders had fallen from atop the falls. Was that the reason why they re-opened the trail?…

“Rekindling Valentines Adventures” (Julian, Cedar Creek Falls, Three Sisters Falls, Cottonwood Creek Falls – January 22, 2016 to January 24, 2016)

As we pulled out of the Jeremy’s on the Hill lot at 8:05pm, we were precariously driving on the Hwy 78 as we realized that the visibility on the road was quite poor. With all the twistiness…

“Tahia’s Request” (San Antonio Falls – January 16, 2016)

As we were ascending the Baldy Rd behind this long line of cars in front of us with steep switchbacks along the way, I started to notice that an indicator light was on saying “A/T Temp”. We didn’t…

“Two Thumbs Down” (Legoland, Jack Creek Falls, and San Juan Falls – January 9, 2016 to January 10, 2016)

Julie and I wondered if we should start registering Tahia’s thumb ratings or something as part of our waterfall writeups. That way we’d get a toddler or child’s perspective, which I’m sure was…

“New Years Eve Surprises” (Bonita Falls – December 31, 2015)

At the same time, we also had to be careful not to get too close to any of the cliff walls because it appeared that the bighorn sheep also inadvertently kicked down some rocks that rolled rapidly…