The Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival is a major event for Bay Area residents in the fall. Pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and pony rides attract many families and traffic can back up for miles. Although the festival only lasts one weekend, a lot of the fun events and activities are open throughout October, so we decided…

Last weekend we popped over to the Eastern Sierra to check out how the fall color is coming along. This doesn’t seem to be a terrific year. Many trees are already bare, while others are still green with a summer vibrancy. We found a few groves that are in that in-between sweet spot with color, but…

The Circle of Solitude in Kings Canyon National Park was first written about in Mike White’s guidebook to Kings Canyon. He describes a loop around the Kings-Kern and Great Western Divides that follows trail and avoids the highways of the John Muir Trail and High Sierra Trail. Also described are some off-trail variations. Many people who hike…

Thor, my 1.5 year old yellow lab, fits the labrador personality stereotype to a tee. His enthusiasm for even the smallest little things is contagious and one of the reasons I love the breed. But if there is one thing that takes him over the top, it is the sight of gear getting packed up for a trip. Which…

I’ll start off this post with one giant disclaimer: Visiting Yellowstone with a dog is not a good idea. Like most National Parks, it is not pup friendly. Dogs are restricted to pavement and a 6 foot (or shorter) leash at all times. And although service animals are exempt to these rules, they do make it…