Why You Gotta Get All Political, Bro?

When it comes to social media, I’ve rubbed a lot of cats in the wrong direction because I sometimes take a political stance on public land issues. The complaints all fall within the vein of: “I hike to get away from politics!” and “This is a hiking group! Keep your posts on topic!.” Every once …

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Hiking Made Me a Weather Nerd

As I type this, rain is coming down in sheets outside my house. In the last 24 hours, my location (southeast Carlsbad) has received over 2" of rain. Other places in the county that I follow have received similarly prodigious amounts of rain: Palomar Mountain, 9"; Borrego Springs, 2"; Julian, 5"; the Santa Rosa Plateau, …

On Turning 40

Last week, I permanently deleted my Facebook account. I had been on the service for nearly 12 years, and over the last four years I had become very active in administering hiking groups, following the news of the day, and getting into a lot of pointless arguments with people I don't know personally. At one …