Walkabout California

Hiking Inn to Inn

Tom Courtney's Blog (49)

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…

Continue

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…

Continue

Added by Tom Courtney on May 15, 2018 at 11:22am — 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…

Continue

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. …

Continue

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…

Continue

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…

Continue

Added by Tom Courtney on December 5, 2017 at 9:51am — 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…

Continue

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…

Continue

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…

Continue

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…

Continue

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…

Continue

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…

Continue

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…

Continue

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.…

Continue

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…

Continue

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

A Day Hike Deep Into Desolation Wilderness

Desolation Wilderness is a land of spectacular beauty.  Soaring peaks of granite, honeycombed with scores of lakes, it towers over the southwest corner of Lake Tahoe.  This High Sierra Nevada, 7 mile round-trip hike takes you to Lake Aloha and the heart of Desolation…

Continue

Added by Tom Courtney on June 24, 2016 at 10:59am — No Comments

Hiking el Camino de Santiago de Compostela

At a communal dinner, the night before we are to set out, our host asks us to each say why we are walking el Camino de Santiago. Everyone has a reason, usually a life change – recovering from a recent divorce, mourning the loss of a loved one, frustration with a job and the need for…

Continue

Added by Tom Courtney on May 28, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Oceanside to La Jolla, Hiking Inn-to-Inn

Take an easy three day, 28-mile hike along this beautiful stretch of Southern California Coast from Oceanside to La Jolla.  You will join scores of beach lovers on lively, popular strands, then hike long, quiet, and secluded beaches.  Along the way, you’ll visit fun seaside towns with…

Continue

Added by Tom Courtney on April 22, 2016 at 9:49am — No Comments

Walkabout the Mendocino Coast

The Mendocino Coast is a land of extraordinary beauty.  Take a romantic two-day, 14.1 mile hike, and explore the lush forests of the coastal range and the headlands on the edge of the rugged, wild Pacific.  Along the way, you’ll visit interesting coastal villages, stay in…

Continue

Added by Tom Courtney on April 20, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

A Wildflower Hike in Morgan Territory Regional Preserve

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve is a land of rolling hills, forested valleys, beautiful vistas, and in the spring, a magical wildflower wonderland.

The 5,000 acre park connects…

Continue

Added by Tom Courtney on April 1, 2016 at 11:03am — 1 Comment

The Walkabout Books

© 2018   Created by Emily Courtney.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service