Carrizo Plain is a wilderness area in the middle of nowhere between Kern county oilfields and Paso Robles. At first glance one wonders why this is a special place, but it has a lot going on. In particular, the spring wildflower displays are legendary. Our last visit, in 2010, was an amazing experience of exploration and photography.

And now for something completely different! While this blog is my hobby, my husband has a much more active spare-time activity with blacksmithing. He really enjoys the labor-intensive process of making Damascus steel and peddles his wares over on his Etsy shop. He has documented his process of making Damascus Steel bottle openers and I’ll…

If you’ve ever driven along highway 5 between the Bay Area and Southern California, you know there isn’t much in the way of landmarks. It’s a long and boring drive through the flat central valley. When I’m going from south to north I always look forward spying to a ridge of hills rising to the…

Congratulations to Brian Schmalz and his pup Callie on winning the Backcountry K-9 gift card! If you’re a dog-loving California hiker, I highly recommend checking out his blog at Calitrails.com. I’m currently reading through all the archives and picking out places where Thor and I can adventure this summer!

It’s Mighty Thor’s first birthday today! Raising a lab puppy has been so much fun. This adorable face helped us get through the land shark phase with those needle sharp puppy teeth and desire to put everything in his mouth. It’s much easier to forgive and stay patient when that’s the face staring back at…

At the end of the year, David’s grandfather passed away after a long and active life. He lived in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, and we quickly found out that getting a last minute flight and dog boarding over the holidays was just not going to work out. So, we hopped in the truck and drove…

My husband and I have always spent Thanksgiving in the desert. It is my favorite time of year to visit places like Death Valley. Cold temperatures and lack of crowds makes it so enjoyable! Back in 2005, a friend of ours knew we were heading to Death Valley and mentioned that some other friends of…