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Sierra Foothills - Hiking Inn-to-Inn along the American River

The American River starts high in the peaks of the Sierra Nevada.  It winds and crashes through deep canyons down to the foothills where it eventually is tamed to form Folsom Lake.  Released again, it flows wide and powerful to meet the Sacramento River.  This moderate 66-mile, four-day walkabout starts in the foothill town of…

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Added by Tom Courtney on April 12, 2019 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Hiking Grizzly Island

A small herd of tule elk bounded out of the trees and into the marsh.  All males with impressive racks, they splashed through the shallows startling egrets and sending a flock of ducks aloft as they raced to an open field and disappeared.

Grizzly Island, 8,800 acres of marshland is a…

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Added by Tom Courtney on February 13, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Joys of a Multi-Day Hike from Inn-to-Inn

There is a surge of popularity for hiking from inn-to-inn in Europe, and the same is true in California.  Adventurers hike trails connecting coastal villages along the wild Pacific.  They trek through the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains, along the serene beaches of Southern California, and through the parklands around the San…

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Added by Tom Courtney on January 22, 2019 at 10:55am — No Comments

Hiking the Tahoe Basin - Donner Pass to Lake Tahoe

Hike the spine of the High Sierra along the Pacific Crest Trail on this 3-day, 30 mile walkabout.  This is a challenging hike, but you’ll be rewarded with stopovers at mountain resorts in spectacular settings and with the solitude and pristine beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Start your journey…

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Added by Tom Courtney on October 11, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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 most recent eruption in 1917.

One…

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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 wines and cuisine.…

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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 tallest mountain.

After spending a few days in…

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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.  You may want to pause from hiking each day to…

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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 walk, perhaps all day, to see how far it goes, 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 orange and black cloud.

Natural Bridges…

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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 vulnerable.

     Yellowstone is unique in the world – 2 million acres with…

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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 the season to visit Colusa National Wildlife Refuge.  On the…

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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 river and running along the surface, she takes…

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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 year.

It is late October, the tail-end of…

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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 Garibaldi damselfish ply the clear waters.…

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

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