Short hikes and baby kicks

I am officially in the final few weeks before baby makes her appearance in this world. This pregnancy flew by, which I’m sure is due in large part to the fact I was also chasing a toddler around the whole time. I found it a lot harder to stay active this time around but we…

Pipes Canyon to Olsen Ruins

It’s been a very lovely December. Christmas decorations are up, presents are wrapped, and despite the looming lock downs, we were still able to get out and explore. Another lovely thing about December is that it is prime desert season! This time of year the sun is warm, the air has a bite to it,…

Idyllwild Nature Center and Trails

The Idyllwild Nature Center and Trails is located about one mile northwest of downtown Idyllwild, on highway 243. The Nature center is not fully opened at this time due to Covid but there is a ranger there to answer questions Thursday-Sunday, 9am to 4pm. All trails are open 7 days a week from sunrise to…

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

It can be challenging to find fun activities to do with small children. Add Covid restrictions into the mix and your options become even more limited. Luckily our favorite weekend plans usually involve being outside in the open air. We love to go on long sweaty hikes, but now that Emma is starting to gain…

Emma’s First Hike

I have been quite negligent on my blogging lately and that is because I have been busy with our new baby! Little Emma Sherrock came on June 14th, and she is perfect. I would like to get around to writing about our birth story, until then I wanted to share a few moments from her…

Mount Washington

Mount Washington, also known as Agiocochook by some Native American Tribes, is located in the Presidential range of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. Historically the White Mountains were the home of the Abenaki and within the White Mountain National Forest archeologists have found numerous prehistoric Native American sites which indicate that indigenous people had…

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…

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…

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.