Where we camped last night.
Daddy and daughter
We were back in San Diego for good and my daughter was on summer vacation. It was time to hike, regardless of how hot it was. We filled up our hydration bladders with ice and water and headed out to Ramona, for a rolling hike through some grasslands. I had driven by Barnett Ranch Preserve several times, but had never stopped to visit.
I knew it wasn’t going to challenging or…
This was originally a blog post that I wrote for the Sport Chalet Outdoor Community blog in 2012. It appears that they have taken it down, so I am reposting it here, with some minor edits. All content is written by me. I’ve added some pictures from over the years to illustrate the point that it takes consistency and patience to have a child that loves the outdoors.
Her first hike – let her get…
The Franklin Trail behind the school
The Franklin Trail
Distance: ~4 miles
Soph and I had a day to ourselves. We had heard of the Franklin Trail when we met Bud Girard, a long-time trail supporter, hiking along Carpinteria Bluffs many months ago. He mentioned that the Franklin Trail was going to be opening soon. Thanks to his efforts and others’, we were able to check it out.
Many people I spoke…
Just realized I can see Iron Mountain, Cuyamaca Peak, and El Cajon Mountain from the canyon behind my house.