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Trail Guide: Hiking San Francisco’s Point Bonita Lighthouse (<200' / 1 mile / 1 hour)

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Usually I write about mountain climbs and day-long trails, but some adventures come without the big effort and yet are just as worthy of a spot on the bucket list. These gems are easy to miss in the quest for all-day adventures and it took me over 30 years as a Californian to cross this one off my own list but let me tell you, with it’s impressive history and exciting trail Point Bonita Lighthouse is definitely one of those places you have…

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Mendenhall Glacier

The Great Alaska Cruise: Stops & Sights From My Day in Juneau

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Day four of my Alaska cruise started out under dreary skies as we sat docked at Juneau’s harbor. With a long day in port, we were in no immediate rush to get off the boat though the call of Mendenhall Glacier was enough to push us along just as soon as we finished breakfast! It would be more than ten hours before I set foot back on the boat — Juneau just has that much to do. Morning Tour: Exploring Mendenhall Glacier…

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John Muir NPS Site

A Visit to the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, CA

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For me, the name John Muir invokes the vision of an expansive glacier or redwood tree filled forest with a small log cabin nearby. Indeed, I’ve heard of at least a couple such spots past and present around the places Muir visited but as the Muir house site shows, there is more to the story than just the naturalist & explorer personas we generally hear of. These days Martinez may seem far too much a part of the urban world to…

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Mount Hood from Lost Lake, 2017 Spring View

That time I randomly ended up Oregon’s Lost Lake

Places to Visit Road Trips

One of my favorite adventures these days setting off on a random road in search of something new. Whether it’s a possible scenic route on a long drive or just wandering around near a local spot, its amazing what you can find if you leave the freeway and turn a few times. Of course not every drive is a success and sometimes the sights I expect to find manages to elude me but more often than not the unknown road is well worth the detour. Interesting…

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La Pine State Park Rustic Cabins Review in Winter

A Cozy Winter Weekend in the Woods at La Pine State Park’s Cabins

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By January, much of Central Oregon’s high desert is covered by a thick blanket of snow pushing many of us to order in a pizza and spend the weekend on the couch. But there is another option, a winter adventure without all the price tag of a mountain resort or all the cold of snow camping: Oregon State Park’s cabins. Located about 30 minutes South of Bend, Oregon, La Pine State Park is a spectacular base for exploring volcanoes and forest landscape…

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Sunset from White River West Sno-Park

Winter Views from One Very Snowy Mount Hood!

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It’s been an incredible winter across the west coast with snowfall of hundreds upon hundreds of inches across the peaks. No surprise this has made it a lot harder to find a clear day to go out and adventure but when conditions have calmed down both in the skies above and the avalanche risk on the slopes, the views have been something else. This week I managed to time things right and enjoyed a day of blue-bird climbing up to…

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Standing on the ledge

Stand Over Chicago and Look Down 103 Floors From the Willis Tower’s Sky Deck Ledge

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In 1973 the Sears company completed construction of their famous tower which even decades later remains the world’s 8th tallest building and the US and western hemisphere’s second tallest (first if you measure to the top of the last usable story rather than the top of the spire placed above it). It was a testament to modern architecture and engineering for sure but heading into Chicago, all I could think about was the chance to stand over the city and check out the…

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Wizard Island in Snow, Early Winter

Visit Crater Lake This Winter for an Adventurous, Scenic and Just Plain Inspiring Escape

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Most of Crater Lake’s 650,000 annual visitors show up in the busy summer months and why not, the lake views are stunning, the hiking options endless and the temperatures are warm enough that you’ll consider diving right into the icy lake. But there’s another side to Crater Lake, Winter, which takes hold much of the year as the park sleeps under a thick blanket of deep snow. It’s when you can visit the park without the crowds, without the noise, without…

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[Destination] Visiting Southern Washington’s Cedar Creek Grist Mill

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The Pacific Northwest is known for its scenic landscapes, snow capped mountains, and endless outdoor adventures but if you hunt around, there’s plenty of history to be found here too. Centuries of societies have left behind remnants from Native American villages, Lewis and Clark’s many forts and of course the famous Oregon Trail west. While many of the sights have faded into the forest or been replaced by modern cities over the year, there are still plenty of gems around, some just down the road…

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Klondike Gold Rush National Park

Did You Know There’s a National Park in the Middle of Seattle?

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Walking around Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood before a Sounders game, the last thing I expected to see was an National Park welcome sign in the middle of the retail and office filled streets but sure enough, that’s exactly what you’ll find should you wander over to the corner of Second Ave and South Jackson St. The Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park is a single building facility, more visitor center than park but make no mistake, it’s worth visiting just the same.  The free (yes, that’s right,…

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