Panther Beach, CA – Plan your trip today !

Ever since I moved to California from DC metro area, Santa Cruz has been the most frequented place for all the fun reasons. Santa Cruz Triathlon and swimming around the wharf at Cowell beach are one of the top reasons why I end up in Santa Cruz. I have ridden by bike through this dramatic landscape …

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Road Trip to Southern California

When we went: Thanksgiving 2014 Day 1: Home to Sequoia National Park, overnight camping Day 2: Late afternoon drive to Big Bear lake to Joshua Tree National Park, overnight camping Day 3: At Joshua Tree National Park and camped overnight Day 4: Joshua Tree National Park to San Diego. Day 5: San Diego Day 6: Drive …

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Road Trip to New Mexico

9 days, 10 parks, 2 cities, 3300-miles and 3 drivers. Day 1: Sunnyvale to Joshua Tree National Park to Phoenix. Day 2: Phoenix to Saguaro National Park to Lordsburg. Day 3: Lordsburg to City of Rocks State Park to White sands National Monument. Day 4: White sands National Monument to Bosque Del Apache Wilderness to Socorro. Day 5: Socorro to Bosque Del …

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Kelso Dunes at Mojave Desert National Preserve – CA

The day of chasing the sun continues….. From Sedona at Sunrise, to Mojave Desert National Preserve for sunset. Drive involved calculated breaks to make sure we reach in time for sunset. Coming back from New Mexico, we gained an hour entering California. We decided to stop at Kelso Dunes for sunset and it is fairly accessible …

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North Peak at Mt. Diablo State Park, CA

Another backyard mountain worth exploring and get a great workout from some of the steepest trails in the bay area. (Image source: www.parks.ca.gov) We drove to Regency Drive entrance to start the 11-mile hike to Mt. Olympia Peak, followed by North Peak. We started the hike at 8:50AM. Address for GPS : 313 Mountaire Pkwy, Clayton, …

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Eastern Sierra lakes in a weekend

A weekend getaway to Eastern Sierras to visit lakes. Yes, it can be done in one weekend. We left at 5AM on Saturday and returned at 5PM on Sunday. Any opportunity to drive through Tioga pass, don’t miss it. It’s just gorgeous with majestic mountains, meadows, valley, and lakes. We drove to Mono county for …

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Sweeney Ridge and Mori Point loop – San Bruno, CA

Starting Point: Total Distance 11-miles Skyline College, parking lot B. Hike towards Sweeney Ridge trail for a mile. And right on to Mori Point trail for 1.8-miles. This 1.8-miles of downhill ends at the Orchid Garden. From here, take the paved road that leads to Hwy 1. Cross the road, carefully, to the entrance of Mori …

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Lillian Lake Loop – Ansel Adams Wilderness Backpacking Planner

  Lillian lake loop is a great first time trip to explore this wilderness area. Sandwiched between Yosemite National Park and Mammoth Lakes, the Ansel Adams Wilderness is home to pristine glacier lakes, and imposing mountain peaks. The wilderness offers multiple hiking options from day hikes to multi-day backpacking trips. We chose to do Lillian …

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8 Lakes in a weekend – Desolation Wilderness

Often Californians stop just at Lake Tahoe and not explore other lakes in the area. Next time you visit Tahoe, consider the Desolation wilderness area that is full of amazing mountain lakes. There are multiple of trail heads to get into the Desolation Wilderness. The one we did is a very beginner friendly 13.5-mile loop. …

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