"One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it's still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards."
~ Edward Abbey


Welcome to my website!  My name is Carol and I created this site to share my love of the great outdoors.  I hope you find it entertaining, inspiring, and helpful if you are planning your own trips!

I live in the High Desert near the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains in California.  On most weekends I can be found out exploring the surrounding area with my son, my husband, and my other family and friends.   
Backpacking
Photography
Babies in the Woods
National Parks
National Forests
I've Worked Here
Road Trips
Local Information
I Wanna Go There!
Bear Encounters
Trees
Wildflowers
Fire Lookouts
Photo Albums
The American West
Poetry & Prose
Q & A
News
Links
What is a Tarol?
So ya Wanna be a Ranger?


This website was created in March 2003...  and has had more than a million hits!


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My son Todd Philip and I in one of our favorite spots, Joshua Tree National Park
Latest Adventures!

Poppies!!!
More Desert Wildflowers, north of Lucerne Valley

Carpets of Coreopsis @ Saddleback Butte
2 years old!!!
Willett Hot Springs Backpack Trip, Sespe Wilderness

Hidden Valley & High View Nature Trail, Joshua Tree

Santa Rosa Plateau & Lake Skinner

Coachella Valley Preserve & Anza-Borrego

Horseman's Center Park
Afton & Owl Canyons & Calico Ghost Town

Took my kid to see the big trees!

O'Neill Regional Park & Crystal Cove Beach

Bear Canyon Trail to Bear Flat, Angeles NF

Lone Pine & Death Valley

Big Bear Lake Camping Trip

Hike to Jenks Lake

Boulder Basin Campground & Black Mtn Fire Lookout
Hanna Flat Camping Trip

San Clemente State Beach
Supermoon Overnight on Mt. Baden-Powell
Mammoth Lakes
3 Days in Big Bear Lake
A Day in Lake Gregory
A Day in Wrightwood
Joshua Tree Flowering Frenzy, Mojave NP
Zanja Peak, Crafton Hills
My husband Todd and I
Current Weather in our area
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”
~ John Muir