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Bryce Canyon – a Winter Wonderland

Add Bryce Canyon National Park to your bucket list for spectacular winter beauty, hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing. We visited in late December.  A blanket of snow brought a peacefulness that was a contrast to the busy summer…

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Added by Tom Courtney on January 12, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Cosumnes River Preserve – A Birding Paradise

It is dusk, and the pale December sun dips toward Mt. Diablo.  A guttural, trumpeting call comes from a group of sandhill cranes.  They glide in V-formation, long necks extended, legs stretched behind.  Descending to the harvested cornfield, they slow and break formation.  An abrupt turn, wings flapping to slow down, feet hit the ground with two awkward steps, wings fold, and they join hundreds of compatriots for the night.…

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Added by Tom Courtney on January 4, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Marin Coast Walkabout - A Trail Change

The Marin Coast Walkabout is a 4-day hike from Marin Headlands to Point Reyes National Seashore.  There has been a major trail change on Day Three – from Stinson Beach to Bolinas.  The route starts out unchanged, leaving Stinson, climbing to Bolinas Ridge and hiking the Coastal Trail to Bolinas-Fairfax Road.  Bourne Trail is now neglected and overgrown.  Here are two alternative routes.

 

First Alternative:  Cross Bolinas-Fairfax Road and hike Bolinas Ridge Trail.  It starts in…

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Added by Tom Courtney on December 8, 2015 at 9:30am — 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’ll visit lively classic beach towns, step back in time in the beautifully restored cabins of Crystal Cove, and savor the fine cuisine and arts scene of Laguna Beach. This is my favorite walkabout on the 200 mile hike from Malibu to Mexico.

Explore the Southern…

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Added by Tom Courtney on July 16, 2014 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

Santa Catalina to Newport Beach: Walkabout Malibu to Mexico

This easy three day, 23.5 mile walkabout starts on the beautiful island of Santa Catalina. Enjoy the slow pace of island life. Explore Catalina’s shoreline by kayak, and hike its rugged mountains. Then take the ferry to Long Beach and hike three days to Newport Beach, strolling on classic Southern California surfing and swimming beaches. Along the way, sample the delights of interesting seaside towns – good food, fun bars, live

music, and unique inns.…

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Added by Tom Courtney on July 3, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Santa Monica to Santa Catalina: Inn to Inn Hiking on the SoCal Coast

This moderate three-day, 38 mile adventure hikes a Pacific shoreline that varies from wide Southern California swimming beaches, to paths along coastal bluffs, to boulder hopping under steep cliffs where few hikers venture. It passes through sections of deep urban development as well as untouched wilderness where your only company will be sea mammals and shore birds. Along the way you’ll visit delightful beach towns, a luxurious resort, and the beautiful island of Santa Catalina.…

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Added by Tom Courtney on July 2, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Exploring the Malibu Coast

The Santa Monica Mountains soar to the sky.  The wild beauty of the Pacific and its shoreline fills the senses.  Hike rocky shores below steep cliffs, unpopulated secluded beaches, and popular Southern California strands on this 3-day, 32-mile Walkabout. …

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Added by Tom Courtney on December 14, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Exploring the Sierra Foothills Along the American River: Auburn to Sacramento

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. The discovery of gold on the American in 1848 brought a…

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Added by Tom Courtney on April 16, 2012 at 1:30am — No Comments

Walkabout Point Reyes National Seashore

With 71,000 acres of coastal hills, dense forests, pristine beaches, and 140 miles of hiking trails, Pt. Reyes National Seashore is a walkabout paradise. It is only an hour and a half north of San Francisco by car or bus. This walkabout…

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Added by Tom Courtney on July 9, 2010 at 7:30am — No Comments

Exploring Lassen Volcanic National Park

Along the Pacific Rim’s Ring of Fire, the Cascade Mountains reach as far north as Mt. Garibaldi in British Columbia. This range of massive volcanoes stretches south through Washington, Oregon and Northern California. At its southern tip lies Lassen Peak, resting from its most recent eruption in 1917. Surrounding the mountain is Lassen Volcanic National Park, a wild and exotic Northern California treasure.…

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Added by Tom Courtney on June 26, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Hiking Inn-to-Inn on the Marin Coast

Hike the coastal bluffs and forests of America’s western edge, some of the most beautiful country in California.  This moderate 41-mile, 4-day Walkabout starts in Marin Headlands, just 10 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge, and hikes to Point Reyes National…

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Added by Tom Courtney on March 20, 2009 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

Walkabout the Monterey Bay from Inn to Inn

“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 explore that region where sea…

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Added by Tom Courtney on February 4, 2009 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

Crossing the Sierra on the Emigrant Trail

This is a challenging 41.6 mile hike that crosses the Sierra Nevada from east to west. It passes through some of the most breathtaking parts of these majestic mountains, traveling along the trail of the pony express and in the footsteps of adventurers who once sought fortune in the gold rush of the mid-1800s.…

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Added by Tom Courtney on June 20, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

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