Guide to Sequoia National Park

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It’s no secret: if you want to see a showcase of the most beautiful terrain that our country has to offer, you can’t do much better than pointing yourself toward a National Park. Often overlooked for the more well known Yosemite National Park, Seqouia and Kings Canyon National Park is the other reserve set up to showcase the beautiful Sierra Nevadas of California. You enter the park north of Bakersfield, as you drive through the town of Three Rivers which is strung along the North Fork of the Kaweah river.

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Fossil Creek, AZ

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On the tail end of a recent trip out to Flagstaff, Kendall’s sister invited us along to the new hot spot near Flagstaff for getting out of the summer heat. While it is a long and rough dirt road in, you are rewarded with a surprisingly large amount of water and beautiful hiking and rock formations as you walk along the creek. The centerpiece of the trip is the waterfall and swimming hole, which is slightly over a miles’ hike from the closest parking lot (there are several, so keep driving until the road ends if you’re heading to the falls). Of course, we took the GoPro out to film the action – click through to see some highlights from the trip.

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Sounds of Nature?

The Dale Ball Trails in Santa Fe, NM

The Dale Ball Trails in Santa Fe, NM

Dear readers: I’m here today to discuss with you an alarming phenomenon I’ve noticed that is sweeping over trails, open space, and natural areas near all of us. I’m talking, of course, about the plethora of tunes you WILL be inundated to if you choose to go on a popular hiking trail at a remotely close to peak time. While the outdoors used to be a place to keep our personal volumes reasonable so that others could enjoy the absence of the noises of everyday life, it has suddenly (within the last few years) become common practice to blast tunes from smartphone speakers while trecking up the local trail. This is a very disturbing trend, so let’s analyze it in detail.

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Elfin Forest Hike in North County, San Diego

Olivenhain Reservoir as viewed from the Elfin Forest Preserve Lookout

Olivenhain Reservoir as viewed from the Elfin Forest Preserve Lookout

Think of being outdoors in San Diego. You’re thinking of the beach, aren’t you? It is true, San Diego will never escape it’s pop culture image of miles of sun-drenched coastline. This is a bit of a shame actually, because San Diego offers another geographical future unique among big cities – huge amounts of pristine, undeveloped open space. San Diego is comprised of bustling urban sprawl on mesa tops, with surprisingly undeveloped canyons cutting through it all. What this means is that San Diego is home to over 24,000 acres of protected open space in the city limits alone. The area is inundated with more places to hike than you could shake a stick at.┬áKendall and I have hiked many of these trails, and we decided to add the Way Up trail at Elfin Forest Preserve to the list last weekend. Continue reading