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"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!


View & Sign My Guestbook
My family at the Ancient Bristlecone
Pine Forest, Inyo NF
Latest Adventures!

First Backpack Trip on his own Two Feet!
Death Valley in the Rain!!
Calico Ghost Town & Desert Fun
Green Friday at Lake Gregory
Devil's Punchbowl Day Hike
Gene Marshall/Piedra Blanca Trail Backpack
Exploration Trail Fall Color
Tuttle Creek Camping & Bishop Creek Fall Color
Hike to the Hidden Aspen Grove
Acorn Trail Day Hike
Adventures in and around Sonora
Hanna Flat, Holcomb Creek, & Green Valley Lake
San Jacinto Peak Backpack Trip

Bristlecones Trip

Look what we found!

Easter in the Desert

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!




My family at the Kern  River
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