“Three Week Retry” (Sturtevant Falls – January 18, 2015)

As we were anxiously making our way up Santa Anita Ave, we ultimately got up to the twisty mountain road leading up to Chantry Flat. That was when we found ourselves following a caravan of…

“Kastom Kings” (Vanuatu – November 20, 2014 to November 30, 2014)

And on the ridge we traversed to get up to the final climb, Frederick pointed out the fresh new rocks that had landed on the very ridge we were walking just this past Monday…

“The Remaining Kingdoms” (Wales, UK and Cornwall, England, UK – August 31, 2014 to September 12, 2014)

When Julie returned to the car, she dropped me some bad news as we learned that there was a NATO Summit going on at exactly the two full days that we would be spending in Cardiff…

“Scotland Yards” (Scotland, UK – August 20, 2014 to August 30, 2014)

The GPS made it seem like it wouldn’t take long to get there. However, when we ultimately got to the B869 road, we saw that the single-track road persisted and was more dangerous than we thought…

“Being One With The Force” (Cotswolds, York, Yorkshire Dales, and Lakes District, England, UK – August 12, 2014 to August 19, 2014)

Outside, I could hear rain hitting the roof and the windows. The winds were also blowing pretty hard. The thought did cross my mind that I could very well do the 2.5-mile hike from the town of…

“National Mall Rats” (Nation’s Capital – June 9, 2014 to June 11, 2014)

In any case, I definitely felt like I was coming down with something as my congestion was now stuffing my nose. Fortunately, I was so tired that I was ultimately able to sleep, and I knew that I…

“Easter Surprises” (Monrovia Canyon Falls – April 20, 2014)

Ultimately, we would go on the familiar winding road up to Monrovia Canyon Park. We were worried about the parking situation here given the past troubles the last time we were here. At first…

“Recovery By Waterfalling” (Solstice Canyon Falls – April 13, 2014)

So we kept forward hoping perhaps to find a plaza or fast-food restaurant to stop at to see what was going on. But moments later, Tahia started puking. And it seemed like she was heaving quite…

“Our Pink-Eyed Pea” (Eaton Canyon Falls – April 6, 2014)

…there was a bit of unusual circumstances on our way out as we heard a loud circling chopper hovering right above the canyon. It was kind of ironic that we saw some memorial dedicated to “Arturo”…

“Waterfalling Independence” (Paradise Falls – March 30, 2014)

Then, we turned left at the familiar signposted junction for Paradise Falls. Tahia was doing quite well during the hike, and we were still proceeding with Julie in front and Tahia trying to play…

“Wild Goose Chases” (Ontario, Canada – October 11, 2013 to October 14, 2013)

But already, I was feeling a bit uneasy when I saw wet rocks and muddy spots on the descent. A slip and fall here could potentially be fatal. Even with the ropes tied to trees here…

“From Albany to Buffalo and More” (New York City and Upstate New York – October 10, 2013, October 11, 2013, and October 15, 2013)

…I attemped to cross above the rope. All it took was the first step and the slip of that step (without me losing my balance fortunately) to make me realize that the initial approach was too risky…

“Waterfalling Quebecois Style” (Quebec, Canada – October 4, 2013 to October 10, 2013)

After walking through the rain to the Auberge from the car park on the quai, I was finally in our room at 3:55pm. It turned out that our room was big and charming, and it was easily the best…

“Patriot Acts” (New England, USA – September 25, 2013 to October 4, 2013)

During the 80 minutes of driving to this point, I was talking with Julie about the prospect of going all the way out to Acadia National Park and not being able to visit thanks to the shutdown…

“Still Life” (Onion Valley Backpack – August 29, 2013 to September 1, 2013)

Then, as we were climbing the last few switchbacks, it started raining at 12:20pm. This was definitely not a good sign. When we encountered another pair guy hikers who were coming back down…

“Identity Crisis” (Dolomites and Lakes Region, Italy and Italian Switzerland – May 30, 2013 to June 7, 2013)

Once we got all settled on the plane, it turned out that I was sitting next to this rather tall, but older Italian guy who got the unfortunate window seat. It was unfortunate because the seat…

“The Renaissance of the Trip” (Florence and Venice, Italy – May 26, 2013 to May 30, 2013)

However, when we got to the machine, we found out that both the 8:30 and 9:15 trains were sold out! Damn! I knew we should have bought the tickets last night!…

“The Medieval Theme” (Umbria and Toscana, Italy – May 21, 2013 to May 26, 2013)

We could see that we were surrounded by some mean-looking squalls as we went down. And after getting our car with the permit in hand (that the receptionist gave us), we then finally parked next…

“La Dolce Vita” (Rome, Naples, Amalfi Coast, and Abruzzo, Italy – May 16, 2013 to May 20, 2013)

Adella said, ‘Odio!’ as she wanted to make sure we were having a very good meal. I had a feeling it was something that Roberto told us about on the drive here, and now I saw what he meant about…

“Mothers Day Orientation” (Fish Canyon Falls – May 11, 2013)

…there seemed to be at least a half-dozen or more wasps or bees swarming about me. Apparently, my orange shirt might have attracted them as if I was a flower to them…