Tag: outdoors

Is hiking selfish?

“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands.” – Reese Witherspoon, “Legally Blonde” I celebrated my 45th birthday with a hike. Even as I enjoyed the views from the top and along the way, the sounds of trickling streams and the peace and quiet, I couldn’t help feeling…

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5 Tips For Your First Backpacking Trip

Almost everyone loves to travel as it introduces us to new experiences and create long-lasting memories. An increasingly popular trend in traveling is backpacking: traveling with simply a bag and its contents. Backpacking is usually dependent on public transportation, hitchhiking, and shelter is usually found at more public locations rather than homes for rent. Backpacking…

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Beyond L.A.: Natural Hot Springs of Mammoth Lakes (Guest post by Keilah Keiser)

Southeast of Yosemite National Park lies the tiny town of Mammoth Lakes, population 8,000. Many Californians are familiar with Mammoth Mountain Ski Resort, California’s snow sports playground. You most likely know friends who have visited for its famed natural beauty. Among the pristine lakes and snow capped mountain views, Mammoth Lakes is the perfect setting…

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Viejas Mountain

Location: North of Alpine in San Diego County. From I-8, take the Tavern Road exit (30). Head left on Tavern Road for 0.2 mile to Victoria Park Terrace. Bear right and go 0.9 mile to Victoria Drive. Go 1.4 mile to Anderson Road (easy to miss; if you find yourself heading back south toward the…

View from Viejas Mountain, Alpine, CA

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McGinty Mountain

McGinty Mountain Location: East of San Diego, near Alpine. Take Highway 94 east for 5.1 miles past the junction with Highway 125. Turn right onto Campo Road (still Highway 94) and go 4.5 miles to Lyons Valley Rd. Turn left and go 0.7 mile to Jamul Rd. Turn left and go 0.4 mile to the…

McGinty Mountain, San Diego County, CA

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El Dorado Ranch Park (Yucaipa)

Location: Oak Glen Road, Yucaipa. From Interstate 10, take the Oak Glen Road/Live Oak Canyon exit (85) and head northeast for 6.8 miles. The park entrance will be on your left. Alternately, from points south and east, take Interstate 10 to Oak Valley Parkway (exit 92). Head east on Oak Valley Parkway for 1.4 miles…

El Dorado Ranch Park, Yucaipa, CA

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Cabrillo Tidepools

Cabrillo Tidepools Location: Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma, San Diego. From the western end of I-8, head south on Nimitz Blvd. for 1.3 miles. Bear right onto Chatsworth, go 0.9 miles and turn left onto Catalina Blvd. Follow Catalina Blvd. to the park entrance (it becomes Cabrillo Rd. en route). Pay the entrance fee of…

Sea cave, Cabrillo National Monument

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Sea Summit Trail (San Clemente)

Sea Summit Trail (San Clemente) Location: Pico Park, San Clemente. From the north, take the 5 Freeway to Avenida Vista Hermosa (exit 77). Turn right and follow Avenida Vista Hermosa 0.6 mile to Avenida Pico. Turn right and go 0.3 mile to the park entrance, on the right. From the south, take the 5 Freeway…

Sea Summit Trail, San Clemente, CA

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Bogart County Park

Bogart County Park Location: Near Cherry Valley, Riverside County. From points east, take the 10 Freeway to Highland Springs Ave (exit 96). Head north for 2.4 miles to Brookside Ave. Turn left and go one mile to Cherry Ave. Turn right and go 1.5 mile to the park entrance (Cherry Ave. becomes International Park Road). …

Bogart County Park, Cherry Valley, CA

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