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 …

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Cuyamaca Peak Sunset

On Saturday, 6/16, I joined the San Diego Hikers on a sunset hike to the summit of Cuyamaca Peak. Having seen sunsets from there before, I knew that there's really no better place in San Diego County to watch a sunset. And on this night, the sunset did not disappoint. A thick stratus of marine …

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 …

Reconnections

Many moons ago, I started this blog to record adventures I had begun taking on my quest to hike 1,000 miles in a calendar year. Since 2012, I've hiked over 7,000 miles, but I stopped recording adventures - at least in any personal sense - when I began writing for Modern Hiker. The sort of …

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 …