Terra Firma Adventures
Snowshoeing the Gold Creek Pond Loop Wallace Falls State Park, WA Hermit Falls Trail, Angeles National Forest Day Hikes in Yosemite Valley,NP Maggie Lakes, Golden Trout Widerness Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Carmel CA Hiking Chain Lakes, Yosemite NP Devils Postpile NM, Mammoth Lakes CA -The Postpile

Snowshoeing the Gold Creek Pond Loop

Are you in the Seattle area and looking for a short (less than 2 mile) and relatively close snowshoe hike that is a great way to

Wallace Falls State Park, WA

Only minutes from Goldbar, WA, the Wallace Falls State Park Management Area is a 4,735-acre camping park found on the west side of the Cascade

Hermit Falls Trail, Angeles National Forest

If you’re looking for a short summer hike with cool water and a significant amount of tree cover, the Hermit Falls Trail in the Big

Day Hikes in Yosemite Valley,NP

If your planning a hiking trip to the Yosemite Valley in Yosemite NP here are some great highlight videos that the National Park Service has

Maggie Lakes, Golden Trout Widerness

The Sierra Nevada range has so many beautiful little gems hidden within it, it’s really hard to choose where to spend your time. Here is

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Carmel CA

Point Lobos State Reserve is often referred to as “the crown jewel of California’s state park system”. It attracts over 300,000 visitors each year…and for good reason.

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

Devils Postpile NM, Mammoth Lakes CA -The Postpile

Devils Postpile National Monument is one of those places that had been on my list of MUST sees for a while. The internet search results

Book Review of Meditations Of John Muir

Book Review of Meditations Of John Muir

Not long ago I had a co-worker ask me “What is it with Tree-huggers and John Muir? I asked if she had ever read any of his work and after she replied no, I recommended this book to her as [...]

BOOK REVIEWS
General Grant Tree Trail, Kings Canyon NP

General Grant Tree Trail, Kings Canyon NP

The General Grant Tree Trail is an easy 1/2 mile hike through a grove of giant Sequoias. I highly recommend paying the $1 for the self guided tour map and brochure. During the Summer and fall, you will have to fight the crowds, [...]

HIKES, HIKING WITH KIDS, NP
Strawberry Shortcake… With a Twinkie?

Strawberry Shortcake… With a Twinkie?

One of those foods you can’t help but associate with summer camping is strawberry shortcake. Of course there’s no better foundation than homemade angel food cake to top with fresh berries and whipped cream, but here is a super fast [...]

RECIPES
Keep your Ankles Strong!

Keep your Ankles Strong!

Ankle and foot sprains are  the most common significant injuries that people experience while hiking.  Add the additional weight of a full or heavy backpack and it makes ankle strength training exercises all the more important. Of course, when I go [...]

FUN, TRAINING
Celebrate Earth Day 2012

Celebrate Earth Day 2012

Earthday this year is on Sunday April 22….That’s only 2 days away! How do you plan to spend your time? I for one, am going camping with my family and intend to pack a picnic lunch to take on one [...]

EVENTS
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 [...]

CAMPING, HIKES, NP
Brown Sugar, Raisin and Candied Walnut Oatmeal

Brown Sugar, Raisin and Candied Walnut Oatmeal

  Oatmeal is a fantastic camping food. It’s fast, easily pack-able, warms you up and most importantly stays with you. It’s convenient for either backpacking or car camping. The thing about oatmeal is it’s sort of a blank canvas that anybody can add [...]

RECIPES
Gear Review of Jetboil Flash Personal Cooking System

Gear Review of Jetboil Flash Personal Cooking System

Here is a video review of the Jetboil Flash Personal cooking system. I have found it to be a very convenient, compact, and reliable way to boil water for making any water based foods or beverages while camping, backpacking or [...]

REVIEWS, VIDEO
Free National Park Week, April 21-29

Free National Park Week, April 21-29

April 21-29 is Free National Park Week.  Explore more than 100 National Parks that usually you’d have to pay an entrance fee to get into. Now get out there and use this as an excuse to have an Adventure! Visit [...]

EVENTS
Holy Jim Falls, Cleveland NF

Holy Jim Falls, Cleveland NF

This easy 2.8 mile out and back family friendly hike, is a refreshing escape from the heat and the hustle and bustle of Southern California. Directions:  From Interstate 5 , exit at El Toro Road. Head north on El Toro [...]

HIKES, HIKING WITH KIDS