My Journey


Discovering Spain’s Magical Brilliance in Andalucia

I’ve fallen in love again. Quite possibly harder than I have in the past. I’ve fallen for the vast landscape of seemingly infinite olive groves, the mash-up of cultures, the nonsensical zig-zagging of streets and alleys, and the lack of any true sense of urgency that seems so prevalent with the people that call this region of Spain their home. I have found myself in the heart of Andalucia, free to roam the streets aimlessly in search of tasty tapas, some local vino, and listen nonchalantly for the distant sounds of the foot stomping of Flamenco dancers that escape from […]


Sleep is Nice, But Sleep is Not Life! (Seize the Day)

Some days it may feel good to sleep in a little bit late, lay in bed and stare at the ceiling, but don’t forget, for each minute that you spend, that’s one less minute that you have to spend. There’s a reason that the term Carpe diem is famous (meaning ‘Seize the Day). It’s because it is true and it’s not something that we should take for granted. If there’s ever a time that you feel yourself saying something like, “I love sleep,” it might be time to reevaluate your life a bit. Yes, getting a good night’s sleep is […]


Exploring the Lively Scene Around Ocean Beach Farmers Market

Wednesday at the farmers market in Ocean Beach, CA, is always a great time to roam around, buy some fresh produce, watch one of the local bands play some good tunes, and do some really amazing people watching. Roaming up and down Newport Avenue, especially when the weather is nice can get pretty crowded, but it’s always a fun, laid back vibe with plenty of good grub and beach living at its finest. Along the park near the beach is always a large crowd of some acrobatic-type of yoga going on and a flurry of people hula-hooping, tight-roping, and local […]


Why Palomar Mountain is One of Best Hikes in San Diego

The winding South Grade Road that leads up to Palomar Mountain led me into deep, socked-in fog that began to conceal the thick woodlands along the roadside. Then, like an airplane rising up over a thick marine layer, I emerged into high blue skies and along a vista that overlooked a sea of clouds below. I had yet to set foot on the hiking trail, but I could already sense and see the vast wilderness that surrounded, and I knew then that I was in for a great day, and ready to experience one of the best hikes in San […]


Garnet Peak

Finding Serenity in the Woodlands of Mt. Laguna and the Pacific Crest Trail

My previous hike throughout Mission Trails Regional Park was a great introduction to get my feet moving, get the blood pumping, and a way to begin quenching my inextinguishable thirst to travel, wander, and get away from the norm. However, the power lines that buzzed overhead and the constant views of rooftops and distance cityscapes had me yearning for something a little more remote. After doing a little bit of research on some of the best hikes around San Diego, I came across the Modern Hiker website. This site was a wealth of information that allowed me to browse through […]


Hiking Mission Trails Regional Park

Just recently I wrote about how I would like to return to nature a bit and start exploring some more of the areas in and around San Diego County. Well, I made good on my promise to myself and set out on Saturday morning to Mission Trails Regional Park. It’s just about 25 minutes from my place, so I was able to make it there by about 8:45 that morning. I entered the park of more than 7,000 acres of hiking trails, valleys, and rolling hill summits from Clairemont Mesa Blvd. I started my hike along the eastern edge of […]


On a Mission to Reconnect with Nature

I read a quote recently that said, “We do not travel to escape life, but we travel so life does not escape us.” Lately, I’ve had this desire to really get out there and start spending more time outdoors and exploring some of my surroundings. It’s so easy sometimes to get stuck in the same routine of going to work, coming home, chilling out, and forgetting about what’s out there. As someone who has always enjoyed nature, the wildlife, and seeing new places, I don’t spend enough time hiking, fishing, biking, etc. I find that it’s very easy to get […]


Blairsden/Graegle, CA

RV Trip from Pacific NW to Vegas: Like a Band of Gypsies

I recently returned from a stunning four-day RV trip that took us on a journey from the Pacific Northwest through the rugged mountains of California, through Death Valley National Park, and to the desert oasis of Las Vegas, NV. As I sat there for hours upon end staring out at the vivid landscape that zipped past me for four days, I once again, as I always do when I’m out and about traveling, began to yearn for a life that allows me to see more of this great world. As we started our journey and continued further south, the various […]


Snow Plant

Incredible Snow Plant in Northern California

Last week while camping, I came across this incredible red plant that stuck out like a sore thumb against the bright green forest. The first time I came across it was in Old Station, CA, right along the banks of a river.  The second time was while hiking through the forest in South Lake Tahoe. The Bloody Flesh-like Thing It turns out this fiery red plant is a ‘Snow Plant,’ that feeds off of fungus, essentially making it a parasite. Its scientific name is sarcodes sanguinea , which roughly translates to “the bloody flesh-like thing.” Apparently the snow plant only appears […]