Trip Reports


Calcite Mine, December 2016

Wandering around the canyons in the Calcite Mine area of Anza Borrego Desert State Park, and then spending a long time afterwards trying to figure out how to edit video.


Ramona Grasslands, April 2016

My first 2 visits to this fantastic open space preserve - just in time since my fear of rattlesnakes will keep me away during the warm summer months.


Split Mountain Camping, most recently in February 2016

A one night trip to the Split Mountain area of Anza Borrego Desert. This was my third visit, but the first for my wife and son. We were the only ones out there on a Monday night.


Guadalupe Dunes, November 2015

These coastal dunes defied the odds. Me, my wife, our son and our nieces ended up at a place that all of us liked. Amazing.


Sabrina Basin Backpacking, August 2015

A one night backpacking trip to Sailor Lake in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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Guanajuato, February and April 2015

A pair of visits to the central Mexico towns of Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende. I generally like taking vacations to wilderness areas where we'll see 10-20 other people in a day. But, I actually look forward to going back to these towns.


20 Lakes Basin Backpacking, August 2014

I have worked much harder to see much worse scenery. This might be the perfect first backpacking trip. Short. Available water taxi to make it even shorter. Almost zero elevation gain. Great scenery.