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The Deadly Flower That Inspired the
True Detective Theme Song

By On March 30, 2014

What are those beautiful white flowers growing around the trails of Southern California? If you’ve been hiking in the foothills, chaparrals, or even just around Griffith Park this spring, you’ve probably noted… Read More

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The North Face White Label Collection Korea

By On March 27, 2014

As anyone who hikes regularly here in Southern California and elsewhere knows: Koreans love to hike. Middle-aged Koreans are often seen offloading from giant chartered busses in multitudes normally reserved for Sunday… Read More

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A Fold In Space and Time: Red Rock Canyon State Park

By On March 23, 2014

“Want to be a writer? A poet? A painter? Want to indulge in any of the fine arts? If so, go to Red Rock canyon.” – Bakersfield Californian/1920 Motivated by the previous… Read More

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The Wildflowers of Saddleback Butte State Park

By On March 15, 2014

I have Zach Behrens of KCET to thank for the heads up about the floral carpet bombing of yellow coreopsis blooming at Saddleback Butte State Park right now. It’s as if a… Read More

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The Gabrieleno Trail – Red Box to Valley Forge Camp

By On February 9, 2014

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A 24-Hour Roadtrip: To the Ends of Earth and Back

By On April 22, 2013

Some believe you need to plan and prepare for a vacation. I’m of the belief adventure awaits as soon as you’ve decided to set sail…or in our case, set out for a… Read More

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Thar Be Russians In Dem Hills

By On December 18, 2011

We had just emerged from a guarded location in the Santa Monica Mountains, our hands covered in mud, hair decorated with foliage like dryads, and our faces beaming with the pride knowing… Read More

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Hiking Mount Hillyer: Sun, Snow and Summits

By On November 28, 2011

I was drawn to hike Mount Hillyer after reading the following description: “The Chilao-Horse Flats country is a gentle region of rounded ridgetops, shallow draws, and small flats set deep in the… Read More


The Poetry of Silence: The Redwood Forests of Santa Cruz

By On November 17, 2011

some ask praise of their fellows but i being otherwise made compose curves and yellows, angles or silences to a less erring end -e.e. cummings Photos taken at Henry Cowell Redwoods State… Read More

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Exploring the LA River

By On July 28, 2011

Our hobo friend, Saelee, joined us this evening for a leisurely walk alongside the LA River, beginning from the Rattlesnake Park entrance down past the borders of Frogtown along the many warehouses… Read More