Desert Season

Its that time of year again. When the temps drop to a bearable level the desert becomes our favorite playground again. Living in Southern California has its drawbacks, the traffic and crowds being two big ones. However, no matter how crazy the greater LA area gets you can always find a vacant stretch of desert…

Santa Rosa Plateau

Have you ever wondered what Southern California looked like before the freeways, houses, and Starbucks showed up. How about what it looked like before Europeans came on the scene with cattle, plows, and agriculture? One of the best examples of native California landscape can be found at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. The Reserve…

Super Bloom Fever

Thanks to a particularly wet winter, Southern California is experiencing a super bloom. There are many areas that are covered in wildflowers, and everyone and their aunt Mildred wants in on the action. However the quest to experience this natural phenomenon can bring out the worst in humanity. Many people are respectful, but there are…

A Weekend on Lake Mead

A few weeks ago Joe and I packed up the truck and drove to Lake Mead to meet up with our friends Kimi and Dave. I had never been to Lake Mead despite it being the perfect distance for a long weekend trip. Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the United States and was…

Paiute Pass

Hunting for fall in the Eastern Sierra is never a hard task. The higher in elevation you travel the cooler the air gets, and you start to feel a bite in the air. It takes a bit of effort but any fatigue will be quickly replaced with awe at the beauty of the mountains. As…

Scotland

There are many directions I could take while writing about Scotland. I could make this a travel guide outlining the must see spots, or I could make a road map telling you about hidden gems away from the tourists train. Finally I could make it an adventure blog, and tell tales of our water logged…

Embracing Your Wild Woman

I recently contributed a piece to The Unknown Persists, an online collective of artists and writers. Its a piece that means a lot to me as it dives into self discovery and letting your wild woman out! It is set in the beautiful desert wonderland of Anza Borrego State Park. Go give it a read…

Through the canyon and to the mountains where the hot springs lie

Continued… After spending the night at chateau BLM we headed towards Death Valley National Park through Titus Canyon. The Titus Canyon route is a 27 mile dirt road which passes through the rugged mountains that frame the eastern edge of Death Valley National Park. The road was originally built, like so many other roads  in…

Hippies, Date Palms and Mud Mites

For thanksgiving we explored corners of the desert we had not been to before. Our five day road trip started in the depths of the Mojave, took us over arid mountains and into Death Valley. We finished our trip by popping out by the eastern Sierra. I realize I write an awful lot about the…