Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

‘Otherworldly’ is an apt description for Bryce’s haven of hoodoos. For those of you who don’t hike, Bryce Canyon’s beauty can also be feasted upon right from the Rim Trail, which offers a grand buffet of brilliant hues and views of hoodoos. Bryce Canyon’s colors are like looking into a bowl full of orange and vanilla sherbet on a hot summer day. Navajo/Peekaboo Loop Combo To get the most bang for

Black Mountain Hiking (CA)

Black Mountain Hiking (CA)

Click a pic!   Distance: ~4.1 miles Elevation Gain: ~700 ft Difficulty: Easy to Moderate, suitable for anyone of reasonable fitness Dog Friendly? Yes. Costs? Free. You can park at the Hilltop Community Park directly across from the trailhead. Wildlife: We were gently pelted by a good number of flies and gnats on the way up. And we encountered a bundle of bees (if they were bunnies, they would have been a

Cuyamaca Peak Hiking (CA)

Cuyamaca Peak Hiking (CA)

Click a pic! Elevation Gain: ~1700 ft Distance: 5.6 miles Difficulty: Moderate Dog Friendly? Yes! This is actually the only dog-friendly hike in the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. Costs? It’s an $8 parking fee to park within the Paso Picacho campground. There is no parking anywhere else near the trailhead, so this is your jam. Bring: Sunscreen, water, snacks, comfortable sneakers, a camera, and a hat (the t

Potato Chip Rock Hiking (CA)

Potato Chip Rock Hiking (CA)

Distance: ~11 miles Elevation Gain: ~2000 ft Difficulty: Pretty hard. Like, not harder than teaching your cat to walk on a leash, but it’s up there. Dog Friendly? Yes! But make sure your pooch is up for the steep climb. Horses are allowed on the Blue Sky trail only. Costs? Parking is free if you start at Blue Sky Ecological Reserve.  If you start at Poway Lake (making this hike ~6.7 miles vs 11), you&#8

Stonewall Peak Hiking (CA)

Stonewall Peak Hiking (CA)

Distance: ~3.8 miles Elevation Gain: ~900 ft Difficulty: Moderate, suitable for anyone of reasonable fitness Dog Friendly? No. No horses or bicycles allowed either. But, we saw many kids along the way, as well as distinguished folks with more proven lifetime longevity. Costs? It’s an $8 parking fee across the way within the Paso Picacho campground. There is no parking on the shoulder of the road anywhe

The Salton Sea, Salvation Mountain, and Slab City (CA)

The Salton Sea, Salvation Mountain, and Slab City (CA)

Click a pic!   If you decide to go gallivanting in southeast California, for the love of puppies get gas before you get all the way out here. Trust me. There’s a lot of long, open, non-gas-giving road in between civilization and these crazy curiosities. Salton Sea The Salton Sea is an interesting place. According to their video (that they will play for you in a tiny theater in the back of the visit

Yosemite – The Hiking Edition

Yosemite – The Hiking Edition

Click a pic! The Pacific Northwest on Granite The drive nearing Yosemite is littered with the same craggy rocks and oak trees I remember from the days I spent on my grandmother’s farm as a child in southern Washington.  Yosemite itself makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a piece of history, back when there was nothing but nature for as far as the eye could see in any direction. There’s som