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Ladybugs & Redwoods in Redwood Regional Park – World Class Family Hike
Ladybugs & Redwoods in Redwood Regional Park – World Class Family Hike

Ladybugs & Redwoods in Redwood Regional Park – World Class Family Hike

Thousands of ladybugs descend upon Redwood Regional Park in the Oakland Hills in winter.  The ladybugs spend their November to February in the warmest, moistest areas.  In late December along with a few other families, we hiked ~3 miles roundtrip…

Cub Scout Car Camping – Logistics & Gear List
Cub Scout Car Camping – Logistics & Gear List

Cub Scout Car Camping – Logistics & Gear List

My outdoor adventure planning has evolved from solo backpacking, thru-hiking, mountaineering, family camping & backpacking, and now to Cub Scout Pack planning.  I am a Den Leader for my first grade son’s den, and I’m helping organize ~20 families and…

Backpacking with Kids to Camp Lake in Emigrant Wilderness
Backpacking with Kids to Camp Lake in Emigrant Wilderness

Backpacking with Kids to Camp Lake in Emigrant Wilderness

Granite peaks, cool mountain lakes, and a relatively easy permit system make the Emigrant Wilderness an excellent destination.  The 113,000 acre Emigrant Wilderness borders Yosemite National Park to the north shares many of Yosemite’s features.   In July I went backpacking…

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…

Pinnacles National Park Family Camping
Pinnacles National Park Family Camping

Pinnacles National Park Family Camping

Pinnacles National Park is an excellent  family camping destination for the spring & fall. The park is located ~100 miles south of San Francisco between the Central Valley & the Salinas Valley.  Pinnacles protects volcanic peaks, accessible caves, interesting hikes,…

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…