“The Old Reliable” (Eaton Canyon Falls – February 4, 2012)

As we got closer, it looked like someone was getting a citation. And when a cop handed a lady a slip that prompted her to say, “Oh my gosh!”…

“Under the Moonlight” (Lake Sabrina Backpack – August 11, 2011 to August 14, 2011)

And so it was. We unslung our heavy packs and called it a day. We were still probably at least 2 miles from Topsy Turvy Lake, but at this point, we were all exhausted and were ready to stop…

“This Time It Counts” (Monrovia Canyon Falls – May 14, 2011)

So that made for a pleasant feeding experience for the both of us. The only thing that made me a little nervous was a loud buzzing bumblebee that wouldn’t leave us alone…

“No Respect” (Bonita Falls – May 7, 2011)

The mother did warn me about some kids throwing rocks from the top of the waterfall indiscriminantly. So I considered myself warned…

“Ad Hoc Earth Day” (Millard Falls – April 23, 2011)

But then with Climate Change, the June Gloom became May Gray. And now that it’s happening in April, I wonder what kind of name they got for it now?…

“Not Quite” (Idyllwild – April 17, 2011)

That meant it was 3 miles round trip, and when you add that with the 2 miles round trip of scrambling, it would be a 7-mile round trip affair!…

“Just Like Old Times” (Tahquitz Falls – April 10, 2011)

From the literature, we learned that they did clean up this trail from graffiti and transients as well as maintain the trail. Before 2001, this trail was closed to the public…

“Back to Basics” (Solstice Canyon Falls – March 30, 2011)

All we recalled was that the trail was paved and easy, and there was no reason why we couldn’t take Tahia in a stroller this time around when the time came. But little did we realize that…

“Slaying Demons” (Eastern Sierra, CA – August 19, 2010 to August 21, 2010)

The lady told him that it was 16 miles round trip, and that number alone made it seem like a day outing there was a bit ambitious, especially since we were at altitude…

“Against Instincts” (Forest Falls, CA – August 8, 2010)

Mom had already scrambled up the stream and around the corner. Julie had suggested that I follow her and either take photos of her or see what else it was…

“More Adventure Than We Bargained For” (Hermit Falls – April 25, 2010)

There was no obvious path to make it back up the vertical walls I had descended. When the father of the family saw my difficulties, he came over and we…

“You Are Your Environment” (Point Reyes and Big Basin Redwoods, CA – April 8, 2010 to April 10, 2010)

As we parked the car and got out, we could tell right away that we were in the mountains for the air was frigidly cold and there was a breeze that…

“A Whatever Easter Weekend” (Tenaja Falls and Ortega Falls – April 3, 2010 to April 4, 2010)

As we parked the car and got out, we could tell right away that we were in the mountains for the air was frigidly cold and there was a breeze that…

“Exercise In Compromise” (San Antonio Falls and Fish Canyon Falls – March 27, 2010 to March 28, 2010)

We weren’t sure if there was a limit to the number of people on the trail at one time. So we asked one of the employees there if this was the case. He just told us that…

“March Gladness” (Big Sur, CA – March 18, 2010 to March 21, 2010)

As we got towards the middle of this stream crossing, there came a point where we had no choice but to wade through shin deep to knee-deep of water. Further progress meant…

“Selection Sunday” (Santa Monica Mountains, CA – March 14, 2010)

Having lost an hour of sleep thanks to Daylight Savings Time, Julie and I awoke at 8:30am, which was late for us considering we wanted to get some hiking done today…

“32 Miles From Santa Barbara” (Rose Valley Falls and Newton Canyon Falls – March 7, 2010)

Julie and I were itching to do a hike today, but yesterday’s rains had lasted all day long and was forecasted to continue into this morning. So given that, we had slept…

“Adventure Always Finds Us” (Millard Falls – February 28, 2010)

We didn’t expect to take more than an hour or so, and it was a total last-minute decision. But that was when some unexpected things happened, and well, it just seems that adventure…

“Return To The First” (Paradise Falls – February 21, 2010)

I didn’t remember the pool being this dirty the last time we were here, but apparently Julie noticed this too as she pulled a face and gave me that look that something really stunk…

“Holy Jim Massage” (Holy Jim Falls – February 14, 2010)

We had only gone roughly two miles along the rough road, but it seemed like we had gone further than that. Mom was sitting nervously in the back (I could tell by her silence) as her car was jostling.