Terra Firma Adventures

CAMPING

The Camping Gear Box

The Camping Gear Box

It’s often difficult enough to find the time to go camping and when you do make the time, the last thing anyone wants is to spend a lot of time organizing and packing all of the little things that you need. I have found a great way to save time and effort is to have [...]

September 10, 2012 Kristopher Artz CAMPING, HOW TO, TIPS 2

Hiking Chain Lakes, Yosemite NP

Hiking Chain Lakes, Yosemite NP

Do you want to experience Yosemite in the summer without the crowds? Here is a beautiful, moderately strenuous 14 mile overnighter that will allow you to experience several glacial lakes at various stages of their life cycle. Chain Lakes is a series of three lakes located in the South Eastern region of Yosemite National Park near [...]

August 24, 2012 Kristopher Artz CAMPING, HIKES, NP 4

Planning a Camping Trip…The Budget

Planning a Camping Trip…The Budget

Camping can be very expensive or very affordable. Everyone has different ideas and expectations about what camping is or should be. One thing that can really help make camping an affordable pastime is learning how to budget for a trip. Here are a few ideas or things to think about when budgeting for either a [...]

May 28, 2012 Kristopher Artz CAMPING 0

My 3 National Parks Wish List and Why

My 3 National Parks Wish List and Why

Anyone that enjoys hiking or camping is familiar with the National Parks and what a treasure they are.  According to the National Park Service website, “The National Park System comprises 397 areas covering more than 84 million acres.”  With so many Parks to visit and so many amazing things to see, there are bound to [...]

May 8, 2012 Kristopher Artz CAMPING, HIKES, NP 0

Exploring Anza-Borrego SP, Spring in the Desert

Exploring Anza-Borrego SP, Spring in the Desert

Anza-Borrego Desert SP  is California’s largest state park. It is located to the South East of Los Angeles- about a 3 hour drive. In the late winter or early spring, this desert is an amazing place to enjoy some mild weather, primitive camping, hiking, various difficulty levels off roading,  and observe beautiful desert wildflowers. The variety of [...]

May 4, 2012 Kristopher Artz CAMPING, HIKES, OFF ROAD 1

Red Rock Canyon SP, CA

Red Rock Canyon SP, CA

Our destination was Ricardo Campground in Red Rock Canyon State Park near Cantil, CA,  which according to Mapquest was 139.89 miles or 2 hours 29 minutes away.  On this trip it was myself, and my good friends Wajid Drabu and Mark Ryan.  Wajid is a photographer and Mark is a cinematographer. Mark is also a sommelier, [...]

April 27, 2012 Kristopher Artz CAMPING, OFF ROAD 0

Hiking the Lakes Trail to Pear Lake, Sequoia NP

Hiking the Lakes Trail to Pear Lake, Sequoia NP

This 12 mile round trip hike has it all.  Mature growth pine forests, narrow switchbacks, approximately 2,200′ of elevation gain, picture perfect alpine lakes, and breathtakingly beautiful rocky and rugged mountain vistas. If  your planning to camp obtain your overnight permit at the Lodgepole Visitor Center.  The trail head of  this hike is not far [...]

April 18, 2012 Kristopher Artz CAMPING, HIKES, NP 6