• Upper Crabtree Lake, Sierra Nevada

The one where I leave the tech industry for good and buy an adult book store

The address number

It's not what it seems, but it's also literally what it seems. As I mentioned in my blog post from May, there are some changes coming ahead. We will make it back to San Diego at the end of this month, easing back into our old home there. Today, we purchased a commercial property in Historic … [Read more...]

Gear Review: The Skeeter Beater – screens for your car windows

The Skeeter Beater

Last December, Soph and I were planning a trip to Carrizo Plain National Monument. It was going to be cold, so I decided we were going to drive out there and sleep in the car. I wondered how stuffy it would get, so I'd probably want to crack the windows. Then I started wondering if bugs were going … [Read more...]

100 Peaks turns 5 – Another Year Passes

Carp Camping

Once again, I looked at the calendar and am reminded that something I created for fun (and profit!) has turned another year old. My ability to get outside seems to have diminished, but my life hasn't been completely free of the outdoors. I was able to go car camping to Davy Brown Campground with … [Read more...]

Davy Brown Campground – Car Camping with Soph

Making moss cakes at Davy Brown Campground

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pfYqLkpB5Q&w=750 Once again, I had an opportunity to go camping with my daughter. This time, because I recommended it about 7 months ago in the winter, she wanted to go car camping. That doesn't mean she wanted to go to a campsite and pitch a tent next to a car, … [Read more...]

Please help save a portion of El Cajon Mountain

A last look back at El Cajon Mountain on the way out

Many of us have hiked El Cajon Mountain, or called El Cap by the locals. It's a challenging hike that seems like it's uphill both ways. Recently, the San Diego River Park Foundation were presented with an opportunity to acquire one of the three remaining parcels of privately-own land on the … [Read more...]

The Trail Ahead – Some Life Changes on the Way

The trail ahead

As some of you have heard, I was laid off of my job. No worries, I am totally fine. We are pretty excited about some pending changes and new opportunities are on the trail ahead. I felt a little betrayed by the company that I worked so hard for, but it was just the (uninformed and wrong, IMHO) … [Read more...]

Square Top – San Diego Peak #67 – Celebrating Brian’s 100th Peak

Square Top, looming above us

Square TopElevation: 4,649′ Distance: 8.4 miles When I got invited to this hike, I felt privileged. I have been following Brian's progress on San Diego Peaks for several years on Google+, but I really didn't know him. His frequent summits all around San Diego County left me homesick for home, as … [Read more...]

Columbia’s #OmniGames Video Released

Extending my reach

Some changes are happening in my life. It's mostly good, but there is still some bitterness attached. It was a nice little bump in my mood when I received this #omniten #omnigames video from the lovely crew at Columbia. It's great to reflect on that compressed experience with a … [Read more...]

Unnamed Ridge Exploration – Part 2 – Still no summit

The brushy bump is the ridge I came down on

Once again, instead of hiking on a well-established trail, I wanted to go to somewhere where I could explore.  I returned to Camino Cielo and proceeded down the same ridge toward Gidney Creek as I did about a month and a half before. This time, I had more time, since I had taken the day off work. I … [Read more...]

Hiking along the Santa Ynez River after the rain

Us at the Santa Ynez River

Since the sky decided to open up and rain heavily for three days straight, we wanted to go visit the Santa Ynez River, to see how full it was. After picking up several bags of trash at the picnic area, we went for a stroll along the banks of the river. The Santa Ynez River originates from near … [Read more...]