La Jolla Shores to Torrey Pines

It's been a long, long time since I went to the beach at a low tide, kicked my shoes off, and walked barefoot along the surfline. I've never been a huge beach fan, so I tend to overlook the experience. However, after I gave a presentation at the University City library on Afoot and Afield while recommending …

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Pacific Crest Trail via Desert View

I've fallen a bit behind on writing thanks to a rather nasty bout with the flu. Now that I can string two sentences together, I want to share the singular observation I gleaned from a recent sunrise hike from the Desert View Picnic Area in the Laguna Mountains. For the hike itself, I hopped onto …

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 …

Ontario Peak

One of the newly dominant themes in my life has been a quest to find more age-appropriate human interactions. Most of my interactions with other humans over the past year have occurred in the company of a toddler. As good as he is at using sign language to indicate that I'm pooping when I go …

Trip Report: Maui, Days 1&2

With Day 1 devoted solely to sitting in a flying sardine can soaring halfway across the Maritime Continent, Day 2 on Maui was all about settling in and falling into the island's rhythm. Generally, the mainland moves at about 146 bpms, which is the approximate tempo for Led Zeppelin's "Achilles' Last Stand." Maui's tempo is usually …

Trip Report: Pacific Crest Trail: Scissors Crossing to Warner Springs

The San Felipe Hills section of the Pacific Crest Trail wanders, meanders, and squiggles its way through  24 miles of the San Felipe Hills between Scissors Crossing and Montezuma Highway. This segment has a reputation for being hot, difficult, monotonous, and even dangerous. There are no natural water sources, there is no shade until just …