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Fires (Updated 11-11)

Last year it was the Thomas fire that stretched from west of Fillmore to almost Santa Barbara. Just happened to occur at the peak of fire season at the same time as three other smaller fires. The Thomas fire was... Continue Reading →

Bradford Ridge Path to Deep Creek – Oh My!

I said in my last Deep Creek post that I was going to try the Bradford Ridge route. I did that on yesterday, Oct. 8th. It was quite the adventure! Getting to the trailhead is easy. Find your way to... Continue Reading →

Raising children who are happy

My e-mail is full of spam and assorted other garbage but one of the few e-mails I look forward to is Outside Magazine.  Lately there have been a few articles that I think are too important not to share about... Continue Reading →

Bear Prints

Footprints from an adult black bear not far from my home.   I think I saw this bruin a few weeks ago here: Alder Creek Trail Not a large one but still big enough to be on its own. Bears... Continue Reading →

Deep Creek 09-29-2018

After my little off-road adventure, I wandered over to Deep Creek. The weather was perfect for freehiking, getting into the low 80s on my way down and dropping to the 60s on my way back up. I was working so... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Throop Peak from Dawson Saddle (NSFW)

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... Continue Reading →

Snakes alive!

I love snakes. What is not to like about a reptile that decided it didn't need legs? The best snake of all in my area is the rattlesnake. Why? Because so many people irrationally hate or fear them. There is... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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