Manker Flats to Mount Baldy (San Antonio) Hike

As training for the John Muir Trail, I have done the Manker Flats to Mount Baldy (San Antonio) hike 2 and 1/2 times in the last 3 weeks. This is…

Alta Peak and Giant Forest at Sequoia National Park

I planned this trip as a test run for the John Muir Trail next month, but it turned out to be an amazing trip by itself. It’s a shame that…

Huntington Library Botanical Gardens on a Cloudy Day

I’ve been reading a few books trying to learn how to take great photographs. Image composition is the skill that I’m trying to improve the most. The Botanical Gardens at…

John Muir Trail Date Set, Permit Reserved

The countdown begins for August 17, 2009. After calling the Yosemite Association and talking to a less than courteous person on the phone, I made my reservation for the Wilderness Permit required for the John Muir Trail.

New Zealand TV Ad

My first destination (or maybe not first but top destination) for a Round-The-World trip has always been New Zealand. I was watching Planet Earth the other night on the Discovery…