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…

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is located in the Inyo National Forest. It is the home of the oldest trees on earth, some of which are over 4000 years old. This was not our first trip to visit these ancients but it was the first time with a toddler. The one developed campground in the…

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,…

Lake Mead

A few weekends ago we headed to Lake Mead to meet up with family. This was not the first time we camped by the lake. The last time we were at Lake Mead I had just found out I was pregnant with Emma, so it only seems appropriate to bring her to the same spot…

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…

On the San Juan

Sometimes you just need to get away, take your covid-test, pack extra food, water and hand sanitizer, and drive. After canceling our family trip to Illinois we decided to drive to see family in Utah instead. Needless to say this year has not gone as planned. We knew it was time for a break, and…

Welcome to the Backcounty Little One

Heart pumping, legs climbing, cool mountain breeze blowing, welcome to the backcountry little one. Welcome to views that go on for miles. Welcome to the scent of pine after a thunder storm. Welcome to the sound of wind blowing through the mountain passes. Welcome little one to a whole new world of sights, smells and…

Death Valley is better with family

Death Valley is one of our favorite places to visit. We have had many adventures within the National Park. They include such epics as, backpacking cross-county up sheep canyon, driving miles of 4×4 trails, entering the park from almost every direction, including the infamous Titus Canyon, and who can forget the flat tire fiasco of…

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…

Oak Glen

My favorite time of year is autumn.  Southern California may still feel like summer  but you can start to sense a bit of crispness in the air. The mornings are a bit cool and you may even be able to don a sweater before the sun fully comes out! To celebrate the fall equinox we…