Sedona – A family trip in the outdoors

Descending Chicken Point

Several times a year, I am tasked with one of my favorite things: planning a family trip. This time, I didn’t have to come up with the destination. I asked my wife and daughter where they wanted to go and they quickly came up with Sedona. We hadn’t been to Sedona since the fires of […]

Laguna Meadow – A late winter family outing

Enjoying a view of Big Laguna

  Back in February, it was a gorgeous winter day. There was a chill in the air, but spring was on its way. I carved a day out on the calendar away from Burger Bench. I wanted to take my family on a gentle hike so we could enjoy our time together without gasping our […]

The Thrill of Discovery

It was as beautiful as I thought it would be

Lately, my blog posts have been few and far between. As many of you know, I have been a little busy with a hamburger restaurant in Escondido. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been taking some time out and enjoying the outdoors. Just not as much as I’d like. In my spare time, I’ve been doing […]

The outdoors, escapism, and selling hamburgers

Sometimes, this is enough

As I pass the one month mark since Burger Bench has opened, my urge to have an outdoor adventure has increased incredibly. The restaurant has been very successful, beyond what we could have hoped for. Our customers have been friendly and generous in their reviews. As can be expected, my entire days are filled with […]

New 100 Peaks T-shirts available

I Like 2 Hike t-shirt

Hello happy readers, I’ve designed another t-shirt over at Adayak.com that’s now for sale. Show off your propensity for strapping on some boots and carrying several pounds of water over great distances by proudly wearing one of these beauties. All 100 Peaks’ styles can be found at Adayak.com If you are interested in different colors or […]

100 peaks in 100 hours – Two of San Diego’s best endurance athletes attempt the impossible

Nick Hollon on Morena Butte

“Can you clarify what you mean by non-stop?” We sat in a coffee shop, respective laptops open before us. I felt old and slow, sitting next to Nick Hollon’s lanky frame, which bristled with energy and focus. He had emailed me, wanting to obtain some insight on tackling San Diego’s 100 peaks. He hadn’t realized that […]

100 Peaks makes the Union Tribune

Me, strolling on a bridge - Photo by Rick Nocon

For those that already haven’t seen it in my other social media streams, I was featured in a nice article in the San Diego Union Tribune. It was a fun interview with Doug Williams, and had a great time shooting with the photographer at Penasquitos Canyon. After he took his last picture, I didn’t waste […]

Granite Springs Trail Camp – Cuyamaca moon

East Mesa highpoint, almost to Granite Springs Trail Camp

Summer had just come to an end, but it sure didn’t feel like it. It was sweltering in the lowlands and in the past I’d headed to the hills to get some relief. Since my daughter had a day off on Monday, we decided to go backpacking. We had already backpacked to Arroyo Seco in […]

Solving a 1904 Mystery – Is Elizabeth Pass misplaced on maps?

1903 Map of Elizabath Pass

You’re going to laugh. I am up to my sleuthing again. Recently I posted a lengthy blog post on recreating my 1987 trip to the Tunemah Trail based on photographs and sketchy evidence. Using Google Earth and other maps, I was able to piece together and solve the mystery of that trip.   In *this* […]

Felicita Creek – Being present in the outdoors

Bernardo Mountain from the bridge

The other day, my daughter and I were walking our dog in the canyon near our home, like we do several times a day. It was hot, so we wanted to get our dog back inside as soon as possible. However, my daughter wanted to get some water, go back outside, and play in the […]