Boondocking

Sometimes a little patch of dirt at the end of a long dusty road is as close to heaven as you can get.

Five Essentials For Hiking In Southern California

Southern California is a great place to go hiking. The weather is almost always pleasant, the mountains are accessible, and you can be sure there will be a micro brewery to hit up on your way home from the trail. In addition to the 10 essentials  I find the following five items are great supplements  for…

Mountain Senses

Breath deep; the mountain air is thin yet it fills the lungs and brain to capacity. Heavy boots fly weary bones to the pass between two ragged peaks overlooking 11,000 feet of rock, wildflowers, and air. Take the dusty steep trail down to a pool of sapphire crystal. The edges of the glassy water so…

10 Travel Tips for Flying

We all dream about traveling from time to time. Although the destination of our dreams is exciting traveling by plane can be anything but. Here are 10 tips for air travel when things don’t go as planned. Pack snacks. You never know when you will be running to make a connection or when the last…

Hiking: Mount Morrison

When many Southern Californians head to the beach during the hot summer months I prefer that glorious drive up the 395 to the Eastern Sierras. The goal of my latest trip was to summit Mt Morrison. Morrison is a 12,000 foot peak which is perched above Convict lake. It’s about an 8 mile round trip and there is no designated trail head so it involves some bushwhacking and game trail navigation. The views are worth the work.

Travel Tips, how to afford traveling anywhere in the world.

For many people the biggest barriers to travel are having the time and money. If you are able to plan ahead, travel can be accessible to anyone at any budget. The following is a simple guide to starting on your travel journey. Save your pennies. Let’s get real travel is not cheap and unless you…

Lessons From an Epic Adventure

I had an epic adventure this weekend. I do not mean the kind of “adventure” where you go on a pretty hike snaps some cute photos and post it on instagram with the hashtags #adventure. I mean a nitty gritty – there is a small chance we may not make it out of this with…

Meet Me in The Mojave

  “When you get what you want, what do you want? So you go to the desert…”  -Mojave 2015 The Mojave desert is my backyard. At over 47,000 sq miles the Mojave is the smallest desert in North America, it is also the driest. Despite these factors the Mojave is rich in biodiversity and there…

How to Practice Being Present Everyday

Being present does not just refer to your down dog in yoga class. You can follow the practice of being present every day to increase your quality of life. We live in a culture of anticipation. We are continually searching for something to look forward to. We spend so much time waiting for something good…

Ten Sleep Wyoming – By Valarie Tes Anderson

For the first installment of Hidden Corners we will be visiting the small town of Ten Sleep Wyoming. My dear friend Valarie Anderson sure did her research on this one. THE WILD BLUE YONDER Valarie Tes Anderson I’m a California native. While there is an endless supply of outdoor arenas to visit in my home state, they…

Hidden Corners

There is a trend in the way social media and the internet are influencing where people play outside. It seems that more and more the most beautiful well known spots are being flooded with visitors. for example National Parks throughout the nation are seeing record high visitations for the 3rd year in a row. Parking…