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Where we camped last night.

Where we camped last night.

Another reason I’m glad to be back in San Diego @fallbrookwinery

Another reason I’m glad to be back in San Diego @fallbrookwinery

That time we stayed on a farm in Tuscany in 2006. #tbt

That time we stayed on a farm in Tuscany in 2006. #tbt

Barnett Ranch Preserve - A sunny hike through Ramona grasslands

Barnett Ranch Preserve – A sunny hike through Ramona grasslands

Daddy and daughter

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…

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Protein feast tonight: Yellowfin Tuna Sashimi, lamb, chicken, Korean short ribs.

Protein feast tonight: Yellowfin Tuna Sashimi, lamb, chicken, Korean short ribs.

Cool. (at Peek)

Cool. (at Peek)

90 years of paint. #theresprobablyleadinthere (at Grand Avenue)

90 years of paint. #theresprobablyleadinthere (at Grand Avenue)

My little climber

My little climber

OK, @ikea, come at me, bro.

OK, @ikea, come at me, bro.

Soph and I, in 2009, on her first hike. #tbt New blog post at 100peaks.com

Soph and I, in 2009, on her first hike. #tbt New blog post at 100peaks.com

5 Tips on Getting Children Interested in the Outdoors

5 Tips on Getting Children Interested in the Outdoors

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 dirty

Her first hike – let her get…

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The Franklin Trail - A relatively new hike in Carpinteria

The Franklin Trail – A relatively new hike in Carpinteria

The Franklin Trail behind the school

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…

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Apple pancake, bigger than my head. (at The Original Pancake House)

Apple pancake, bigger than my head. (at The Original Pancake House)

Just realized I can see Iron Mountain, Cuyamaca Peak, and El Cajon Mountain from the canyon behind my house.

Just realized I can see Iron Mountain, Cuyamaca Peak, and El Cajon Mountain from the canyon behind my house.

Shared the trail with a mountain lion last weekend, methinks.

Shared the trail with a mountain lion last weekend, methinks.