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…

Solo

As I Drive up the mountain road I keep glancing at the back seat, I’m used to seeing my little one there but today she is at day care and I am taking the morning to do something I have not done since before she was born. Going on solo hikes was always an escape…

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…

Oak Glen Preserve

Nothing says fall like the obligatory trip to an apple orchard. Apple picking in Southern California is a bit of a spectacle. Thousands of Californians descend on a handful of orchards, swaddled in their best fall-wear, cozy sweaters, boots, and chucky knits, with no one seeming to care that it is over 90 degrees out….

Missing you

These are strange scary times. I hope everyone is staying safe, and staying at home. It’s been hard knowing that our adventures will be put on hold for awhile. We had lots of plans for camping in the desert this spring, but for now I will just had to imagine myself in the Mojave. We…

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…