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Tram to Mount San Jacinto, 3

(16 photos) Continuing from my previous post featuring the Palm Spring Aerial Tramway and top of the mountain… the cooler temperatures up top would be a welcome relief during our current high 90’s heat spell. ~SueBee

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Tram to Mount San Jacinto, 2

(14 photos) These pictures were taken a week ago when Kat and her husband, Cameron, asked me to join them on a hike in Palm Springs… not in the desert heat, but on the top of Mount San Jacinto. We took the Palm Spring Aerial Tramway for a spectacular 10 minute ride to the top, […]

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Tram to Mount San Jacinto

I joined Kat and her new husband, Cameron, for what I’d personally call a very challenging hike this past Saturday. We took the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, and then hiked a fairly steep trail through a pine forest at high altitude. I pasted some information from the tram website below for those interested. If you’re […]

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Hiking Catalina’s Garden to Sky Trail

(12 Photos) When Kat and I arrived at Catalina Island this past Friday, our first order of business was breakfast. Directly thereafter, we caught the city bus for a ride up the hill to the Wrigley Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum. We were pleasantly surprised to discover a birthday freebie, my admission was comped. We wandered […]

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Exploring Torrey Pines State Park

(14 photos in gallery) During my recent one night get-away to areas further south of home in Southern California, I explored the San Diego Zoo Safari Park until it got too hot, and then headed to the beach. I stayed overnight in a hotel at the quaint town of Carlsbad and drove further south the next day. […]

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Giddyup

This set of pictures was taken a couple months ago on a particularly hot day when, like a crazy person, I decided to go for a hike. As I was nearing the dam at Carbon Canyon Regional Park, this fellow riding his horse caught my eye. Very wild west! ~SueBee

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On the Path Up Ahead

Views on the path ahead of me during a recent hike at Santiago Oaks Regional Park in Orange, the town where I currently reside. Happy Friday! ~SueBee

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Hiking Oak Canyon Nature Center, 2

Continuing from yesterday’s post about my hike at the Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim Hills, I ventured down off the sunny side of the mountain, into the cool shade of the oak trees. Being careful to steer clear of poison oak, I followed one trail after the next, meandering this way and that. There […]

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Hiking Oak Canyon Nature Center, 1

Kat told me about this great hiking spot she and her boyfriend “discovered”, less than 6 miles from home, so naturally I had to check it out. (It’s fun moving to a new area and learning about all it has to offer!) Oak Canyon Nature Center, located in Anaheim Hills, just a few miles from Orange, is surrounded by […]

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West Fork Trail and Palm Canyon

My inventory of photos from my two night get-away in Palm Springs at the end of December is nearly endless! The photos in this gallery were taken after I hiked Andreas Canyon and then headed toward the Reservation Trading Post, where I had hoped to explore West Fork Trail and Palm Canyon. I ended up venturing onto just the very […]

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Hiking the Lykken Trail

Another trail I hiked during my recent Palm Springs visit (I crammed a lot into a two night get-away!) was the North Lykken Trail. It’s not on Indian Reservation land so no entry fee required. I didn’t go up the side of the mountain too terribly far, but the view from as far as I got was spectacular! […]

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Hiking Andreas Canyon, Part 2 of 2

Continuing from yesterday’s post at the halfway point, I crossed the footbridge over the creek and started on the path uphill for the return portion of the hike. As I reached the crest, I found the view, past rocky outcroppings, over canyons, and on to mountains miles in the distance, to be spectacular. I was now nearly […]

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Hiking Andreas Canyon, Part 1 of 2

My recent visit to Palm Springs was spent outdoors, hiking various trails, enjoying the glorious desert winter weather. Exploring solo, I’m always careful to stay where other people are, just not too close. I’d inquired at my hotel about best hiking trails and was directed to the Indian Canyons on the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation at the […]

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Springtime at Oak Glen, part 1

My visit to Oak Glen, up the mountainside from Yucaipa in Southern California, this past Monday (a national holiday so I had the day off work), was prompted by a desire to see the area in springtime. I headed directly to my favorite place, the Wildland’s Conservancy nature trails at Los Rios Rancho. I shouldn’t […]

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San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

I joined a regional hiking group on a Sunset Nature Walk this past Sunday, and had a really enjoyable time discovering yet another Southern California place I previously didn’t know existed, the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine. The group was instructed to meet first at the picnic table area where many brought cheese, crackers, sandwiches, […]

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Hiking Whiting Ranch

My boyfriend Cam discovered an amazing hike near the Cleveland National Forest in Southeast Orange County: Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. We’ve been a couple times, but during our last visit, we spotted a whole group of deer! We both had our cameras along, so of course we had to capture a few pics. 🙂 The […]

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Camping in Anza-Borrego – Day 2

Day 1, as described in my article “Camping in Anza Borrego,” was fantastic…great hikes, amazing campground…awesomeness 🙂 Day 2 of hiking led us to a wonderful trail called Palm Canyon Trail. The location is known for an oasis home to some of the last native Palm trees in California. Also a great place to see Big […]

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Camping in Anza-Borrego

Over the weekend, Cam, his family, and I went camping in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for Cam’s birthday! What an absolutely incredible place and trip! We camped at Borrego Palm Canyon Campground…an immaculate campground with drinking water, full bathrooms, and showers! The view surrounding our site was absolutely stunning, especially as the sun was rising! […]

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Beachside Photography Class

In San Diego, looking for an opportunity to hike, visit the beach, and maybe snap some gorgeous landscape/outdoor pics? Torrey Pines is the place to explore! Took an absolutely wonderful outdoor photography class (through the sporting good store REI) with Cam and his family a little while back. We met at the beach, and hiked […]

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Hike to Holy Jim Falls

Nothing like hiking a tree-lined path to reach a waterfall on a warm, sunny day. Yesterday, Cam and I, along with our friends Ariane and Max, hiked the Holy Jim Falls trail in Trabuco Canyon. The hike is about 2.8 miles round trip, and is absolutely beautiful. To get to the trail head requires either […]

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