Category Archives: hiking

Snake Bite Kit = Cell Phone

Just back from a pleasant mom’s night out. I went to a rattlesnake talk at The Reserve at Ranch Mission Viejo in San Juan Capistrano. Steve Bledsoe (and Noah Anderson), two avocational herpetologists, gave an excellent presentation tonight. I got … Continue reading

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Reading My Eyeballs Out

  “…the wilderness had a clarity that included me.” I’m halfway through a book I started yesterday, and I have the sore eyeballs to prove it. Cheryl Strayed walked the Pacific Coast Trail by herself at age 26 to try … Continue reading

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Holy Jim Trail – Winter 2012

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Spring Peak

I learned something alarming this weekend while talking to my mother. She says that she’s told me this a million times – that I was born two or three months prematurely! When I pressed her for details she thinks it … Continue reading

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While Hiking Seven Miles on Sunday

Me: So, now you can’t call me a wimp anymore. Chad: I never called you a wimp. You hiked 22 miles to the top of San Jacinto this time last year. You’re not a wimp. M: You did so call … Continue reading

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More Adventuring

Despite the heat this weekend (yesterday it got up to 90 degrees), Chad and I got in another hike in the Cleveland National Forest. (If you’re wondering where Bella was, she was at home completely rejecting any physical activity after … Continue reading

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More Hiking

Last weekend, Chad and I drove up Modjeska Canyon near where the fires had been last year and found that the trail we wanted was closed indefinitely (The Hardy Trail). We spent a rambling bit of time strolling in the … Continue reading

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More Adventuring and Holy Jim

Well, now that we’ve gotten started, Chad and I have been off exploring two more times. Last Sunday we drove to top of residential hill finally found the dangnabbit trail head, only to discover that it ended only a quarter … Continue reading

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Adventure Pass

It’s not that often I come upon a place that makes me want to take off all my clothes and ask my husband to start snapping pictures. Unfortunately, my camera was dead, so the photo shoot will have to wait … Continue reading

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Macho Ram

Saturday’s hike to Willow Hole was highlighted by a magical Bighorn Sheep sighting that I have completely neglected to mention. There were five of us in the Toyota Corolla, comfortably crammed and gently jostled by the short dirt ride to … Continue reading

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