Have a Better Camping Trip with the Right Gear

I went camping last weekend in the Cuyamaca State Park area, just outside of San Diego. I count myself very lucky to have such a beautiful area an easy 45 minute drive from my doorstep. I’ve camped at Palomar Mountain, Anza-Borrego, Doheney Beach, Malibu Canyon, and Zion National Park in the past two years. Quite a list for someone who, until recently, hadn’t slept outside since … Continue reading Have a Better Camping Trip with the Right Gear

Explore the Hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park

Located in southern Utah east of Zion National Park (read my Zion post here), Bryce Canyon National Park is another one of Utah’s “mighty five.” I was surprised that its higher elevation resulted in a much different climate, even though it is only an hour and a half away from Zion. Getting out of the car I was met with a wintry chill in the … Continue reading Explore the Hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park

Why I Didn’t Finish Angels Landing

Last May I visited Zion National Park; the funny thing was that a disproportionately large number of my friends and acquaintances had also visited earlier in the year. Seems like it was “the” park of 2017! As the trip approached, every conversation seemed to meander around to Angels Landing, one of Zion’s most famous hikes. The hike has a ton of buzz because, to get … Continue reading Why I Didn’t Finish Angels Landing

SoCal Fall Destinations & Gear

Even as working adults, it seems like fall and the beginning of the school year can cause a shift in everyday routines. Just because school is back in session doesn’t mean it’s time to hunker down until Thanksgiving and Christmas travel! Sneak in a weekend trip here and there while the weather is crisp but not too cold. There are plenty of great getaways within driving distance of Southern California’s major cities.  Continue reading SoCal Fall Destinations & Gear

Palomar Mountain View

Fall Camping on Palomar Mountain

For the past two years, our friend group has gone camping on Palomar Mountain at the Doane Valley Campground, which is a little over an hour northeast of San Diego. We’ve gone one of the first two weekends of November, when the weather definitely feels like “fall,” but it is not yet too cold to be sleeping outside in a tent. Both years, the itinerary has been as such: … Continue reading Fall Camping on Palomar Mountain