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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…

We Love the Parks: San Mateo County Parks Foundation
We Love the Parks: San Mateo County Parks Foundation

We Love the Parks: San Mateo County Parks Foundation

  Here’s my favorite hiking partner sharing his thoughts on the San Mateo County Parks.  This Coyote Point Recreation Area video will be part of an upcoming campaign for the SMCP and the SMCP Foundation.  In the meantime, enjoy the video…

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…