Bay to Breakers 2018

That was the walk that was! I almost didn't do it this year. The day before our flight to San Jose I spilled boiling water on my left foot. That left a nasty blister the size of a silver dollar which of course popped the minute I put socks on. But I coated the wound thickly…Read more Bay to Breakers 2018

World Naked Bike Ride 2018 – LA, Afterglow

For an in-depth discussion of what it is and why we do it - and a few more pix - please visit Welcome to World Naked Bike Ride Los Angeles where I got this featured image from. That's us passing the Disney Center. There are also WNBRLA Facebook pages. Did it again this year. I…Read more World Naked Bike Ride 2018 – LA, Afterglow

Liebre Mountain Truck Trail

Liebre Mountain truck trail is a trail that is no longer suitable for trucks. Storms from a couple years ago left a large number of washouts and the forest service simply can't afford to repair them. It is suffering a fate similar to that of Warm Springs road/Templin Highway. Soon the damage will be so…Read more Liebre Mountain Truck Trail

Sykes Hot Springs in the Ventana Wilderness

Back in 2015, before the big fires and the big rains, I did a 4-day backpack trip to Sykes Hot Springs on the Big Sur River The trail was good (except for one spot). I met plenty of hikers. Some were obviously experienced backpackers and some were wearing a bikini and flip-flops. Big Sur is…Read more Sykes Hot Springs in the Ventana Wilderness

Fish Canyon Narrows

Just north of Castaic Lake is a hike that takes one from pavement to spectacular wilderness in just a few miles. Let's head north on I-5 from Los Angeles. We leave the San Fernando Valley and climb through Newhall Pass. We continue beyond, passing through Santa Clarita and Magic Mountain and then Castaic Lake. The freeway starts to…Read more Fish Canyon Narrows

Saline Valley

Back in late October 2016, I went with a group to Saline Valley Hot springs. This is quite possibly the most remote location in California that can be reached by vehicle. There are several ways to get there but the only two I'd dare try without a full-up 4WD truck caravan are the North and…Read more Saline Valley

Deep Creek Hot Springs Hike

I haven't actually blogged about a specific hike yet. I figure this is as good a time as any. Last Saturday I went on a hike with three different groups to a lovely spot east of Apple Valley in the San Bernardino mountains. Deep Creek is an extremely popular clothing optional hiking destination. I have met people from…Read more Deep Creek Hot Springs Hike