“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.

“Opportunistic” (Sycamore Canyon Falls and La Jolla Canyon Falls – January 24, 2010)

Continuing along the familiar trail, we noted that the trail was much softer and muddier than last year. However, it was disconcerting not to see or hear any stream. So we asked…

“Spreading The Love” (Eaton Canyon Falls – October 17, 2009)

There were a lot of firsts about today’s hike to Eaton Canyon Falls. It was the first time I was leading a hike with co-workers to expose them to some of the local waterfalls…

“Mozzie Mayhem” (Big Pine Creek Backpack – July 16, 2009 to July 19, 2009)

I couldn’t figure out what was causing the stomach discomfort, whether it was ingesting too much DEET, or from the filtered water, or what. In any case, my bowels were telling me it was time to go…

“No Easter Eggs” (Monrovia Canyon Falls – April 12, 2009)

Like many of the hikes we had done in the Southern California area this year, the one we intended to do today was a repeat of what we did a long time ago when we were still…

“Unrecognizably Different” (Switzer Falls – March 7, 2009)

It has been about six years since our last trip to Switzer Falls. Back then, it was during a disappointingly dry winter so the falls itself was disappointing despite it being February…

“Failure To Be The Early Bird” (Sturtevant Falls – March 1, 2009)

It was a little before 9am when Mom, Julie, and I left the parents’ place for Sturtevant Falls. In my heart, I wanted to leave earlier, but with a combination of a long week of work…

“All About Timing” (Tenaja Falls and Ortega Falls – February 21, 2009)

I was getting a bit tired of stopping at some unknown pullout, getting out of the car, inspecting the scene for Ortega Falls, getting back on Hwy 74 without getting in an accident…

“Sandy Barber” (Solvang and Santa Barbara – February 13, 2009 to February 14, 2009)

I think it was almost eight or nine years ago since the last time Julie and I spent any bit of time in the Santa Barbara area for Valentine’s Day. Back then, we weren’t waterfallers…

“Spontaneous Escape” (Escondido Falls and La Jolla Canyon Falls – February 8, 2009)

It had been a very dry winter even despite some sporadic storms that showed up in November and December. But we knew January was unusually warm and was…

“Snow Good Valentine’s Day” (Julian, CA – February 13, 2008 to February 14, 2008)

It was still rainy and chilly, but Julie and I were quite relieved as the only snow left was on our car. Both of us were also relieved about finally going to the restroom…

“Roughing It In The Desert” (Death Valley – March 24, 2006 to March 26, 2006)

It was too late in terms of the impact the camera made with the ground, but I also had to wipe away all that sand and salt that was suddenly all over the newly-bought expensive device…

“Marmots and Ticks” (Mineral King, CA – May 28, 2005)

My dad guarded the car as he was armed with a trekking pole. He was determined not to let the radiator-hose-eating marmots underneath the vehicle and possibly disable the car…

“Nude Awakening” (Point Reyes, CA – May 8, 2004)

But this guy looked to be pretty old and wrinkly and probably into his 50s or older, and I didn’t need to be forced to keep moving. We politely said hello to him as we passed each other, but I had…