Alder Creek Trail, Sespe Condor Sanctuary.

One of my favorite hiking destinations! I have been going out to the Sespe for about 35 years now. I never fail to enjoy it. It is vast, 219,000 acres of land with hundreds of miles of little used trail plus much of it is surrounded by  little used national forest. When I want to…Read more Alder Creek Trail, Sespe Condor Sanctuary.

Throop Peak from Dawson Saddle

This is the blog I wanted to post when I got distracted by the Scouting controversy. Danger! Danger, Will Robinson! If you have any objection to the inexplicable and completely gratuitous non-sexual non-explicit nudity of a non-sexy old man celebrating life do not - under any conditions DO NOT - scroll to the bottom. (I…Read more Throop Peak from Dawson Saddle

Life and Death in the Wild

First, I want you to read this article: https://www.outsideonline.com/2336896/snowbound Then I'll discuss it from my POV.   Okay, done? Stephen Olshansky's youth sounds very similar to mine. He was born the same year as I, 1956. In high school, Otter was easily bored, though he was a smart kid. “5th grade bullied terribly left scar…Read more Life and Death in the Wild

Fishbowl – Cedar Creek Loop

The Sespe Wilderness Area is vast. Within it are enough trails to keep an active hiker busy for years - or for someone like me, for a lifetime. A few of the trails are more active. The "biggie" is the Middle Sespe River Trail which connects to the Sespe River Trail. It follows the Sespe…Read more Fishbowl – Cedar Creek Loop

Yama No Susume 2nd Season

Finally found season 2! (Crunchyroll had it but then it disappeared.) They extended the length to 13:30 but without the intro and extro, the actual running time is 10:30. This time 26 episodes, a real testament to how well the original went over. Still enough sugariness to make one go look for psychological insulin. Cute…Read more Yama No Susume 2nd Season

Encouragement of Climb (Yama no Susume) Season One

Excuse me, I'm about to overdose on sweetness. Encouragement of Climb is the anime you show your young girls to get them excited about the outdoors, specifically peak bagging. Moe piled upon moe. Overload of cuteness. Each ep. is a whopping 3 minutes long plus 30 sec. for the closing, all 12 of them. Cute Girls…Read more Encouragement of Climb (Yama no Susume) Season One

PCT along the Blue Ridge in the San Gabriels.

Along Highway 2, about 2 miles east of Wrightwood, you will find the Big Pines Ranger station. Another mile and a half beyond that there is a road that turns off to the south called Blue Ridge Road. It is easy to find. There is a large parking area on both sides of the road…Read more PCT along the Blue Ridge in the San Gabriels.