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Exploring Lassen Volcanic National Park

An enchanted land of rugged mountains, alpine lakes, clear streams, deep glaciated canyons, and other-worldly hydrothermal landscapes, Lassen Volcanic National Park is a wild and exotic Northern California treasure.  Towering above it all, Lassen Peak rests after its…

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Added by Tom Courtney on August 9, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

Hiking Tuscany - Hill Town to Hill Town

Is there anything better than a leisurely drive through Tuscany? Yes! A multi-day hike from hill town to hill town savoring the Tuscan countryside at two miles an hour, exploring farmland and forest, walking the quiet streets of ancient villages, meeting the locals, and enjoying the famous…

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Added by Tom Courtney on May 15, 2018 at 11:22am — No Comments

SF to Half Moon Bay

Hello,

We are planning this route for May.

Here is what we came up with so far.

Can someone chime in to let us know if we are the on the right path?

We are starting from Thornton Beach on May 20th. We will arrive Half Moon Bay Tues, May 22nd.

Thanks in advance.

 Looks like we will have to go inland to residential streets at Daisaku Ikeda Canyon due to limited beach access safely. That detail seems to be…

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Added by Michelle McBee on March 27, 2018 at 1:48pm — No Comments

SF to Half Moon Bay

Hello,

We are planning this route for May.

Here is what we came up with so far.

Can someone chime in to let us know if we are the on the right path?

We are starting from Thornton Beach on May 20th. We will arrive Half Moon Bay Tues, May 22nd.

Thanks in advance.

 Looks like we will have to go inland to residential streets at Daisaku Ikeda Canyon due to limited beach access safely. That detail seems to be…

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Added by Michelle McBee on March 27, 2018 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Slovenia's Julian Alps - Hiking Hut to Hut

Beautiful Slovenia, a pastoral country of 2 million, lies in So. Central Europe, nestled between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea.  Set in its NW corner, in the Julian Alps, Triglav National Park is a land of raging rivers, crystalline lakes, alpine meadows, and soaring peaks.  At its heart stands Mt. Triglav, Slovenia’s…

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Added by Tom Courtney on March 15, 2018 at 11:21am — No Comments

Newport Beach to San Clemente: Hiking Inn to Inn from Malibu to Mexico

This moderate four-day, 27.3-mile walkabout hikes some of the most alluring swimming and surfing beaches in the world as well as rugged rocky shores under steep cliffs that you will share with sea birds, seals, and dolphins. …

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Added by Tom Courtney on December 6, 2017 at 2:19pm — 7 Comments

Walkabout the Monterey Bay

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”

~ Gandhi

Who has stood on a beach that stretches all the way to the horizon and not felt a primal longing to…

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Added by Tom Courtney on December 6, 2017 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Natural Bridges Monarch Butterfly Preserve

They fly 2,000 miles to return to their winter home.  When the temperature dips below 55, they gather in pulsating clusters, clinging to eucalyptus branches, their feet intertwined.  The day warms, and sunlight falls on a cluster.  They burst forth, a fluttering…

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Added by Tom Courtney on December 5, 2017 at 9:51am — No Comments

Walkabout Malibu to Mexico

We completed the entire walk during three weeks in July with the exception of Catalina (we took a Lyft from San Pedro to Long Beach) and the San Clemente to Oceanside portion (we took the Amtrak train). It was great fun and the weather was excellent. I would emphasize paying attention to Tom's tide recommendations. We did and were able to do huge portions of the walk barefoot in the water and on the wet sand. The warm water temps in July also allowed us to take Ocean swims most days.

Added by David Gray on July 25, 2017 at 9:52am — No Comments

Walkabout Malibu to Mexico

We have our room reservations and have checked the tide tables. Hopefully we are in shape and have our gear appropriately paired down, because we leave later this week to do most of the entire hike. We are skipping Catalina, because we have been there many times and will take a Lyft instead from San Pedro to the Queen Mary where we booked a room for the night. We also will likely skip the Camp Pendleton part and take the train from San Clemente to Oceanside, because it seems likely we will…

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Added by David Gray on June 26, 2017 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Oceanside to La Jolla

My husband, Tim, and I started our Oceanside to La Jolla walkabout Wednesday morning, May 31, 2017.

June gloom was in full swing and temperatures were very comfortable for hiking.

We stayed the 1st night in South Carlsbad at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Carlsbad Beach not far from the beach. Paid $151.09 through booking.com. We ate lunch at Harbor Fish Cafe right by the beach. It was good but not GF friendly. Even the french fries have a coating that is not GF. We paid…

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Added by Carla E on June 5, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Yellowstone in the Winter

The summer Yellowstone crowds disappear, and serenity settles on the land for both people and animals.  Bison gather in the geyser basins where food is more abundant.  Elk graze along river banks.  Wolves and coyotes come to pick off the…

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Added by Tom Courtney on February 27, 2017 at 9:17am — No Comments

Birding – Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

A red-tailed hawk swoops low, and 1,000 startled snow geese lift with a cacophony of honks and chatter.  They ascend in disarray, filling the sky.  Breathtaking chaos.  Then they gradually assemble, circle, and return to their vernal pond.

Winter is…

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Added by Tom Courtney on January 11, 2017 at 10:49am — No Comments

Kayak the Albion River

Kayaking up stream, the river stirs.  A harbor seal pokes his head above the surface and stares back at us.  Overhead, an osprey glides, searching for lunch.  Blue herons perch on limbs of firs, pines, and redwoods on the river banks.  We startle a cormorant.  Madly slapping the…

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Added by Tom Courtney on November 23, 2016 at 9:02am — No Comments

Hiking Point Reyes Tule Elk Reserve

We round a curve and halt.  A herd of 50 female tule elk crosses our trail.  There are three males.  Two are smaller, but one is massive, standing tall above his harem, with a huge candelabra rack, seven points on each antler.  He looks like he is having a very good…

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Added by Tom Courtney on November 10, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

La Jolla to Mexico - Hiking Inn-to-Inn

Stand on cliffs overlooking La Jolla Bay, and take in the abundance of wildlife.  Migrating whales feed close to shore.  Sea lions bark a noisy chorus from offshore outcroppings.  Harbor seals lounge on sheltered beaches.  Dolphins, leopard sharks, shovel-nose guitarfish, and…

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Added by Tom Courtney on November 2, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments

San Francisco to Half Moon Bay - Hiking Inn-to-Inn

From San Francisco’s Cliff House, Ocean Beach beckons.  Broad and flat, it stretches as far as you can see, disappearing into the mist.  Stride out on 9 miles of uninterrupted beach to start this 30-mile, 4-day walkabout.  Urban life fades as you hike a coast that is extraordinarily…

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Added by Tom Courtney on November 2, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Hiking Carson Pass to Winnemucca and Round Top Lakes

Driving across the Sierra Nevada Mountains and need to stretch your legs?  Take this short and beautiful High Sierra hike to two pretty alpine lakes.

We hiked this trail in late July.  It was still spring time in the high country.  The…

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Added by Tom Courtney on August 9, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Hiking Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is the jewel of the Italian Riviera.  Rugged mountains plunge to the Ligurian Sea where five medieval coastal villages, each with its own dialect and identity, enchant visitors.  Come for the swimming, the sun, the wine, and for hiking.…

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Added by Tom Courtney on July 19, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Kayaking in the Sierra’s Carson-Iceberg Wilderness

Gliding peacefully across Utica Reservoir, high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.  Boulders, deep below the surface catch the morning sun in the clear waters.  An osprey circles overhead, intently searching for breakfast.  Our kayaks and paddles are all that disturbs the still…

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Added by Tom Courtney on July 5, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

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