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Coast Views from Route 1 to Big Sur

Road Trip: Driving California’s Highway 1 to the “End of the Road” at Big Sur’s Mud Creek Slide

Road Trips

It was a little over a year ago (that’s back in early 2017 depending on when you’ve stumbled on this post) that a series of winter storms wrecked havoc on stretch of Northern California’s Highway 1 around Big Sur. All told, something like a million tons of dirt and rock came down destroying bridges, road ways, and entirely altering the coast. Early on there were several slides and road closures but most of those have since been cleared with some…

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Exit Glacier from the Harding Icefield Trail

Trail Guide: Hiking to Alaska’s Exit Glacier & Harding Icefield (8.2 miles / 3500′ / 6+ hours)

Trail Guides

Long before I reached the last marker post, the Harding Icefield Trail at Exit Glacier had earned a place as one of my top 5-day hikes ever. That may not mean much if this is your first time visiting my blog but after climbing glacier filled slopes on Mount Rainier, exploring the floor of the Grand Canyon, and ascending the cables to the top of Yosemite’s Half Dome, I may not have been everywhere, but I’ve seen enough to know…

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Views from Lassen Peak Trail

Trail Guide: Hike the Cascade Volcano’s Lassen Peak (5 miles / 2000′ / 3-4 hours)

Trail Guides

From the main highway through Northern California, it’s easy to underestimate Mount Lassen’s character as it sits quietly in the distance. In truth however, the mountain is quite impressive and certainly the couple hours it will take to hike up the peak! Rising to a height of 10,457′, Lassen is makes a formidable appearance within the southern part of the Cascades Mountain Range. The volcano is still considered an active having last erupted from 1915 -1917 and gets a crazy…

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The Alaska Cruise: An Adventure Traveler’s Take on Cruising the Inside Passage & Glacier Bay

Adventures

All you can eat buffets, shuffleboard, formal dining, air-conditioned driving tour; though nice indulgences, multi-thousand passenger cruise ships are hardly known as an adventurous experience. But at the same time, what better is there to get a taste for the vastness of Alaska than cruising from port to port, sailing through the famous inside passage and into the heart of the iconic Glacier Bay? Alaska has always been on my dream list. In fact, I’ve been so enthralled with the…

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John Muir NPS Site

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

Places to Visit

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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Climbers at sunrise on Mount Hood

Who Needs Sleep? Sunrise Magic On Mount Hood

Travel Talk

Skipping out on Saturday evenings with friends and just plain missing out on an entire’s night sleep to go trudging up a mountain in the cold with a loaded pack is not always a fun thought. Making the long drive that’s often involved in getting to the trailhead, I’ll gladly admit that there are plenty of times where I’ve considered flipping a U, heading into that nice campground to close my eyes or dropping into that local bar rather than…

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Exploring the Frozen Wonders of the Guler Ice Caves (Mount Adams / Trout Lake)

Outdoor Adventures

After several years of consistently exploring around the Pacific Northwest, I’d like to think I’m aware of most of the major local sights or at least know where to turn for new ideas (hello Instagram!) but sometimes things just manage to pass under the radar. For whatever reasons that’s exactly what happened with the Guler Ice Caves, an incredible place that I completely missed. In fact, it wasn’t until I was flipping through a Washington State tourism brochure that I even heard of…

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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

Places to Visit

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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Denver to Las Vegas: An Incredible, Week Long Road Trip Through the Southwest

Road Trips

From the mountain peaks of Colorado to rocky landscape of Utah and the deserts of Arizona, the American Southwest is home to endless sights and countless adventure opportunities. When it comes to exploring the region there’s really no way to experience it all quite like driving and the Southwest offers a truly epic road trip venue. Any time of year is fair game for a visit but if you’re up for a some real adventure, avoid the crowds by visiting in winter or early…

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