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 […]

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 mountain. This one is […]

Saving Hot Springs Canyon in Santa Barbara – Getting to know my new home

I am just settling into Santa Barbara and am already feeling the urge to stand up and fight for the open spaces here. I’ve had a few minutes here and there to pore over some maps and scan the area and start to build a long-term plan on exploring the mountains just to the north […]

Honoring Jerry Schad – Is the Coast to Crest Trail the right trail?

As you likely know, legendary hiker and professor Jerry Schad passed away recently. Many people have expressed how he had touched their lives. Once I was an adult, I started my hiking history in Orange County, using his book as my sole reference to the surrounding trails. My girlfriend at the time, (she’s my wife, […]

Wildlife Research Institute – Hawkwatch in the Ramona Grasslands


This Saturday, I went to the Hawkwatch at the Wildlife Research Institute in the Ramona Grasslands. It was a great experience and Sophie really enjoyed it. We saw plenty of wildlife, including a lone coyote loping across the next field over to the north. It is held every Saturday in January and February from 9am-12pm. […]

San Diego River Park Foundation – A Grand Vision

San Diego River Watershed

San Diego River Park Foundation PO Box 80126 San Diego, CA 92138-0126 info@SanDiegoRiver.org 619-297-7380 Their vision and goals The San Diego River Park Foundation envisions a grand park, reaching from the mountains, all the way to the sea. It is seen as a 52-mile park that follows the San Diego River, from the foot of […]