Sedona by Phone

Cathedral Rock from the Baldwin Trail, Sedona, Arizona, March 2018.

A compilation of cellphone photos from our trip to Sedona in early March (and a daytrip to South Rim Grand Canyon). I previously shared some of these on Twitter and Google+. Continue reading “Sedona by Phone”


Big Laguna drought comparison photos

Updated drought comparison photos of Big Laguna, the largest of the three bodies of water in San Diego’s Laguna Mountains. The “super El Nino” of the 2015/2016 winter that brought good rain and snowfall to central and northern California didn’t really had any impact in Southern California.

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Desert Rain in May!

It’s been a while since I last hiked on Fridays with my friend Fred. When the weather forecast predicted rain and low temperatures for San Diego (included the deserts!), it appeared to be an unexpected treat – normally, the temperatures in the lower regions of the desert in May are too high for any serious activity – at least for my taste. Continue reading “Desert Rain in May!”

Laguna Meadows

Our Friday hike led us up to Laguna Mountains – it’s a bit early in the year to hike up there because unlike Boden Canyon or the San Diego River Gorge, spring hasn’t quite arrived yet at these elevation (around 5000ft/1500m). We went nevertheless, because the lower regions as well as the deserts of Southern California were suffering from an unseasonal heatwave that brought temperatures into the 90F/30C range in places (and temperature records were broken or tied all the way up to San Francisco). Continue reading “Laguna Meadows”

Pamo Valley / Boden Canyon Loop

Guejito Truck Trail

I’ve hiked Boden Canyon (two links, both to my photography website) before and also went up to Orozco Ridge from there. I’ve hiked the old Lower Santa Ysabel Truck Trail along the Santa Ysabel Creek gorge as well, and I knew this could be combined into a loop hike. Last Friday Fred and I were able to continue our hiking routine 🙂 and so we went to see how that goes. Continue reading “Pamo Valley / Boden Canyon Loop”

Hiking Plan B

Grumpy looking rock

Fred and I set out for an afternoon hike at Laguna Mountains – the Santa Ana winds were supposed to die down by 10am on Friday and the forecast predicted sunny and a temperature ~60F up there. Sounds like pretty awesome conditions for hiking, right? Continue reading “Hiking Plan B”