• Hiking Catalina Island, Part 1

    Hermit Gulch Hike

    Usually when we visit Catalina, we moor at Avalon or Two Harbors for a few days and our activities are water-related, because usually it’s summer. This April we sailed to Avalon for Easter weekend and weren’t sure what to expect as far as crowds or weather. It was relatively quiet at the boat moorings compared […]

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  • Salt Water

    The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.

    – Isak Dinesen

    I see this Isak Dinesen quote in so many places. But I love it, and it’s so true. We went for a hike this morning to Torrey Pines State Reserve, just a couple miles from home. It’s a hot day for March, but it was perfect at the beach.

    Torrey Pines Hike - sign


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  • I needed a hike!


    “Now, the true charm of pedestrianism does not lie in the walking, or in the scenery, but in the talking.

    The walking is good to time the movement of the tongue by, and to keep the blood and the brain stirred up and active; the scenery and the woodsy smells are good to bear in upon a man an unconscious and unobtrusive charm and solace to eye and soul and sense; but the supreme pleasure comes from the talk.”

    Mark Twain, from A Tramp Abroad


    Sometimes I walk for exercise, sometimes to clear the cobwebs from my brain and sometimes it’s just awesome to be in great company.

    After a couple weeks of workdays that somehow mostly stretched from 7 am till bedtime, I really needed fresh air this morning. This is a group (Vegas Hikers) I’d been wanting to join on a hike for a while and a trail I hadn’t tried before, so it all came together. It’s our one cloudy day for the week, which was nice for the cool temps and now that I know where the trail is, I’ll go back in a few days to get some sunny pics.

    Here’s what Kraft Mountain Loop looked like today…

    Kraft Loop 1 Kraft Loop 4

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