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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…

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,…

Family Winter Backcountry Adventure: Loon Lake Chalet, a USFS Cabin
Family Winter Backcountry Adventure: Loon Lake Chalet, a USFS Cabin

Family Winter Backcountry Adventure: Loon Lake Chalet, a USFS Cabin

How can families safely explore the backcountry in winter when poor weather can transform an adventure into a survival situation?  Visiting warm spots like the CA coast is one solution.  Another approach is reserving a backcountry National Park or Forest…

Interview with Julia Bott: “Parks are my passion”
Interview with Julia Bott: “Parks are my passion”

Interview with Julia Bott: “Parks are my passion”

The Bay Area boasts the largest and most varied open space network in the United States.  The network did not happen by accident.  Conservation leaders like Julia Bott helped protect the Bay Area’s open spaces.  Julia Bott is the retiring…

Backpacking with Kids on the PCT
Backpacking with Kids on the PCT

Backpacking with Kids on the PCT

The Pacific Crest Trail’s 2650 miles has segments for all levels of hikers.  One of the most visited spots on the PCT is the Desolation Wilderness – for good reason.  It features granite peaks, alpine lakes, and multiple trails including…