Peak a Peak and Go – 100 Peaks T-Shirt now available on Adayak

100 Peaks T-Shirt - Women's

I just got back from backpacking four days in the Sierra Nevada backcountry and what do I find in my inbox? The 100 Peaks T-shirt is ready to go. It's been a long time coming, but the 100 Peaks T-shirts are now available at Adayak.com. Support 100peaks.com and show to everyone that you love the … [Read more...]

Goodbye, Santa Barbara and Los Padres National Forest

Santa Barbara

Saying goodbye is always hard. Especially for me. Especially when saying goodbye through the eyes of my daughter. She is the sweetest and most imaginative person you could ever meet. Trust me, I am her father. She made good friends at her school and dojo while she was here. To see the choices I … [Read more...]

The Franklin Trail – A relatively new hike in Carpinteria

The view from the end of Phase 1 of The Franklin Trail

The Franklin Trail Distance: ~4 miles Soph and I had a day to ourselves. We had heard of the Franklin Trail when we met Bud Girard, a long-time trail supporter, hiking along Carpinteria Bluffs many months ago. He mentioned that the Franklin Trail was going to be opening soon. Thanks to his … [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...]

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...]

Montgomery Potrero and McPherson Peak – A Backpacking Trip

Painted Rock Campsite

Total Trip Length: 33.5 miles in 3 days This trip to Montgomery Potrero started like many things do: in a bar, over drinks. Several coworkers and I were sitting around chatting, and, as most conversations with me go, it turned to hiking and the outdoors. All three of us were experienced … [Read more...]

Unnamed Ridge Exploration – Taking some time out

The way down the ridge

It was about 10AM on a Sunday. I had had a busy week. I was mentally spent. My wife could tell. Even though we had guests, she asked if I wanted to get out for a hike. I said yes, of course. I needed it. I headed out to East Camino Cielo. There's a small mountain I'd like to get to the top of … [Read more...]

Grass Mountain – Peak #27 – A rainy day on the trail

Grass Mountain

Grass Mountain Elevation: 3,685′ Distance: 4.6 miles It was Superbowl Sunday. I don't have cable. I had a free day. I checked the weather report and it was pretty much guaranteed to rain. No problem. My last hike was on Oahu around Thanksgiving. I needed this. I had the rain gear. I decided … [Read more...]

Knapp’s Castle – A slice of the past with a great view

The ruins and view from Knapp's Castle

Since the weather turned very cold for the weekend, Sophia and I canceled our trip to Carrizo Plain National Monument. We still wanted to go on a little adventure, so we decided to go somewhere local. We decided Knapp's Castle. Depending on where you look, the area is either off-limits or open for … [Read more...]