Coachella Valley Oasis

As a kid we all love pretending that ordinary things were magical. A pile of sofa cusions were now a palace or fort, or the front porch of the house suddenly transformed into a spaceship. This is precisely what we felt when we visited the Coachella Valley Oasis. When you arrive you see palm trees in the middle of the desert. As if your imagination could not contain your secret desire that something in the arrid landscape would change and become magical. The hike itself is fascinating Read more [...]

Solstice Canyon (Rising Sun Trail)

Solstice Canyon is a staple in our hiking repertoire as it should be in yours. The great thing about this little hike is that it can be an easy hike to take the whole family on. Or you can do the Rising Sun Trail which is a bit more challenging as instead of walking through the valley, you head up to the mountains. I love this hike as it is a fast easy local hike that is very rewarding. The canyon itself, if you stick to hiking the valley is incredibly beautiful. It follows a lovely Read more [...]

Snoqualmie Tunnel (Seattle, WA)

I am walking as if in a dream. The mid morning sun makes the sweat on my skin begin to break out. I look around me and notice that I am with friends, better yet I am with family. We are laughing our spirits are strong like the sun. Until suddenly near the entrance of the tunnel we feel it....a frigid wind, that enshrouds us in a light fog. We all stop talking and stare in awe at the massive entrance to the old railroad tunnel. Our laughter catches in our throats as we see the impossible Read more [...]

Eaton Canyon Falls

Every year, since I was very young, my family and I would make a pilgrimage to Niagra Falls. If you have ever been there you know that it is absolutely breathtaking. The water from the falls is so frighteningly powerful, ruthlessly pounding down over the bedrock making it the most powerful waterfall in North America. Up top near the shoreline of the Niagra River, my mom would always tell me to place my hands in the water to cleanse myself and also to feel the water's energy. It had a very Read more [...]

Devil’s Punchbowl

We did this hike in the winter and at the end it was SO unforgivingly cold. I have never been one who likes the cold. In fact I hate the cold like some kids hate vegetables. Yeah that's right you have to drag me kicking and screaming to get me to do it! But despite my abhorrence to the cold I loved this hike. The San Andreas fault line jutting out of the earth like a mighty wave of rock is so bizarre and stimulating to the imagination. Several miles into this hike we were also rewarded Read more [...]

Icehouse Saddle

Southeast from Mt. Baldy in Baldy village is a great day hike Icehouse Saddle. Apparently Icehouse Saddle used to be an old ice factory that supplied....thats right ICE! 🙂 in the 1860's. Alas no more but its the history of this 7+ mile hike that makes it just that much more interesting. For the first 2 miles you hike parallel to a lovely but freezing creek. The water is abundant and at times crosses its arms over the trail in a watery embrace. This is my favorite part of the hike. (I Read more [...]

Mount Baldy (Manker Flats)

At first sight Baldy is impressive enough to make your heart pound with excitement. It definitely takes courage and perseverance to conquer this impressive peak. And iron will. With iron legs for that matter. Being my first real summit the entire time I was buzzing with excitement and adrenaline. The trail Devil’s Backbone is just that. You feel you are walking on the remanent of a great dinosaur or the pregnant belly of mother earth. At times it seems as if the ground itself is swelling Read more [...]