Channel Islands National Park, CA

We visited the Santa Cruz Island, one of the 5 Islands of Channel Islands National Park. Since we went on the Memorial day long weekend, the campsite reservation had to be done almost 6-months in advance. Plus Santa Cruz Island is the closest and most popular one for visitors. We took the ferry from Ventura, …

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Nisene Marks State Park, CA – Maple Falls Hike

A short one hour away from Bay area, is this beautiful state park, with good number of hiking options of varying difficulty levels. We did a 10-mile hike that started at the George’s Picnic Area via Aptos Creek Fire Road. And took the Bridge Creek trail to the Maple Falls. It’s a moderate-to-easy hike with few short …

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Cedar Breaks National Monument, UT

May 2016, we were on a trip to Utah, Arizona and Nevada for a 9-day hiking & roadtrip. After a long 10-hour drive, we broke at St.George, UT for the night. As we drove in the direction of Bryce Canyon National Park, Google Maps showed three different routes and we took the most green-looking route and it …

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Superbloom at Death Valley National Park, CA

After our first visit to Death Valley National Park in the peak summer of 2013, we went back for Super bloom, the once in a decade bloom of wild flowers. To be clear, its super bloom for desert standards. There are other parks in California with much denser wildflowers. We camped at furnace creek campground …

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Horsetail Falls, Yosemite National Park

We have been going to Yosemite National Park in February for the past three years and 2016 is certainly a huge improvement in water situation. After having spent two sunsets in 2015 waiting for horsetail with disappointment, I am thrilled to have photographed horsetail this year. We left Sunnyvale around 8AM and reached Yosemite View Lodge around …

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How to Hike Mavericks Cliffs Trail – Half Moon Bay, CA

Just an hour drive from south bay, Mavericks Cliffs Trail at Half Moon Bay is an easy hike along the cliffs overlooking the world famous Mavericks surfing and stunning half moon bay coastline view. Mavericks Cliffs Trail & Pier California weather is one to take advantage of when it comes to outdoor activities. Any time …

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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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Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

Here is a throw back Thursday post from my previous life in D.C. Well, it was July4th weekend in 2011 and had to do something besides the usual fireworks in the capital. I didn’t see any other reason to drive 11-hours from D.C to Kentucky besides visiting the world’s longest cave system of 400-miles. If you are in …

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