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Destinations – Bay Area

Monte Bello Backpacking with Kids above the Clouds
Monte Bello Backpacking with Kids above the Clouds

Monte Bello Backpacking with Kids above the Clouds

Monte Bello Open Space Preserve is one of the best introductory backpacking trips in the Bay Area.  This Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) protects a watershed in the Santa Cruz Mountains about Palo Alto.  The Black Mountain Backpack Camp…

Weekend Recharge: Mori Point Flowers, Whales, & Fog Trailrun
Weekend Recharge: Mori Point Flowers, Whales, & Fog Trailrun

Weekend Recharge: Mori Point Flowers, Whales, & Fog Trailrun

Feeding humpback whales, blooming flowers, and expansive vistas make Mori Point an excellent destination.  After a busy week at work, I usually recharge with a trailrun to clear my mind.  Mori Point, part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, in Pacifica…

Big Basin State Park Packrafting on Waddell Creek
Big Basin State Park Packrafting on Waddell Creek

Big Basin State Park Packrafting on Waddell Creek

Not all adventures turn out as planned.  I recently hiked and packrafted Waddell Creek in Big Basin State Park.  Big Basin is California’s oldest State Park.  The 30+ mile Skyline to the Sea trail bisects Big Basin as it descends…

Hiking the Redwoods at Heritage Grove & Sam McDonald County Park
Hiking the Redwoods at Heritage Grove & Sam McDonald County Park

Hiking the Redwoods at Heritage Grove & Sam McDonald County Park

    Bay Area outdoors is outstanding, but few places provide a sense of wilderness.  The Heritage Grove in Sam McDonald County Park is an exception.  Visiting this first growth redwood tract feels remote despite being next to an accessible…

Looking Backwards 2016: Technology Hiker Outdoor Adventures
Looking Backwards 2016: Technology Hiker Outdoor Adventures

Looking Backwards 2016: Technology Hiker Outdoor Adventures

2016 was another outstanding year for exploring the outdoors.  Thank you to everyone that I’ve shared my love of the outdoors – through trips, posts, or conversations.  Here’s a catalog of my 2016 trips. Family Adventures Most of my 2016…

“The Parks are in Good Hands” – Interview with Marlene Finley, San Mateo County Parks Director
“The Parks are in Good Hands” – Interview with Marlene Finley, San Mateo County Parks Director

“The Parks are in Good Hands” – Interview with Marlene Finley, San Mateo County Parks Director

Marlene Finley led the San Mateo County Parks Department for the past three years after a long career with the US Forest Service.  The parks flourished during her tenure with park expansion (Devil’s Slide Trail, Memorial Park, Pillar Point), record…

Where To Find CA & Bay Area Camping Reservations
Where To Find CA & Bay Area Camping Reservations

Where To Find CA & Bay Area Camping Reservations

REI Let’s Camp, glamping, & other campaigns are increasing the popularity of camping & backpacking.  With more parks using quotas, the campaigns are also increasing the popularity of backcountry reservations.  Obtaining a coveted site can take planning and a little luck,…