Water is important. We need it to live. Duh. When a person hikes, they drink water. When a person hikes harder, they drink more water. When its hotter out, people drink more water. Etc. Here is a list of things to know about water and hiking and backpacking and such: These are your enemies: 1. […]
Monthly Archives: June 2012
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I don’t write many posts that aren’t trail reports. However I get a lot of questions regarding pack weight for backpacking short trips (what to pack, how much, etc…) and I thought I’d create a log of what I bring, how much weight to allot, etc. Hope this helps (and let me know what works/doesn’t […]
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I’ve already hiked this one a few times and put it up here a couple times (HERE and HERE). However, Laura and I brought our friends Natalie, Lindsay, and Corey out here yesterday for the first time and I thought I’d briefly share the account. Piedra Blanca is as good as always. Leaving mi caro […]
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Some trails are maintained by local groups, like my friend Curt Cragg’s group in the Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez area. Other trails are maintained by national groups like the Sierra Club. I’m not sure who maintains the Santa Paula Canyon trail but judging by the heavy graffiti throughout it, I’d guess it’s mostly gang members. Nonetheless, this trail […]
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softball hike #3. it was easy. very. i felt a little lazy on it actually. speaking of lazy, im not going to use caps in this post. softball hikes can be fun, however, and this one was. wife and i met up with our friend natalie in the viola fields parking lot off carpenteria ave. […]
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I really like animals. Laura makes fun of me for it a lot. I have a dog, Buster Bluth, that my parents in the midwest are currently watching for me. Whenever we see dogs around here in Carpinteria, I miss Buster and verbally make plans to adopt more dogs in the future. I really want […]
A reference used often interviews is “throwing them a softball.” It typically refers to avoiding gritty, challenging questions (e.g.: “mr. obama, how are you going to get us out of deficit in 4 years…?”) and instead throwing the person an easy question (e.g.: “mr. obama, what is your favorite color?”). I don’t like to be […]
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Wife and I took a nice hike today, our third day in a row of hiking. Three days down, 7 more to go! We hiked up the fire road, from Red Rock to Gibralter Dam. In contrast to yesterday’s claustrophic hike to Matilija, this hike was on a dirt and dust road, giving a […]
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Very often, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This applies to many scenarios and places in life, one of which can include hiking. I am a person who tries hard to find the beauty in all hiking, nature, etc. However, every once in awhile, I’m stumped. Which brings me to today’s hike: Matilija. […]
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On our final hike of the day, Laura and I enjoyed a sweeping loop of the General Grant Tree Grove. It’s basically a grove laden with huge sequoias, including the famed ginormous General Grant tree and another famous tree that you can walk through (see pics). It’s an easy loop and anyone should be able […]