Adventures in hiking…

About me

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I’m a regular guy who has discovered hiking late in life and have been married to the same woman for over 30 years.  She is the love of my life and we enjoy hitting the trail together.  As a believer, I have seen the handiwork of God through his creation.  We are blessed to live in an area that is surrounded by diverse trails.  While most of our hikes are in southern California, we try to venture into the Sierras as much as possible.  Day hiking led us to venture farther into the backcountry.  Hopefully, we will be able to share those adventures as we camp off the beaten path.

While I’m not very good at it, I enjoy landscape photography and try to take a camera even if it’s just a point-and-shoot or iPhone.   If you are heading out this way and are looking for some good treks, let me know!  Thank you for taking the time to check out my blog.  I hope that it encourages you to get out and take a walk – wherever you are.   There is so much to see….

12 responses

  1. Tracy

    Hi there,
    Where can I read the rest of your AT trip? I foun only through day 3.
    Thank you.

    June 4, 2013 at 11:38 am

    • Tracy,
      Hi and thank you for reading. If you check Archives for the month of August 2012 and start at the bottom of the page, it picks up with days 4-8. WordPress mixed in a local hike with my AT stuff, but it should all be there.
      -John

      June 4, 2013 at 11:54 am

  2. Beautiful article. I also read “My first Summer in the Sierra” by John Muir, last August in Kings Canyon. His almost childlike enthusiasm for the Range of Light drips with every wonderful word. I believe that the painter Van Gogh was like that with his brush. Your writing of the awesome landscapes that you travel through exude the spirituality of what you see and feel. Thank you.

    October 22, 2014 at 9:16 pm

  3. Anonymous

    Hi hiker, glad to know I’m not the only crazy hiking late in life, it started with hosting Tahquitz peak look out in 2002 and from there it’s be Alaska and AT and various places as I ride motorcycle around the nation. One thing I would like to share with you as I read you snake encounter going up Marion Peak, and you came back in the dark with inadequate head lamps. Toss those heavy battery operated things. I use a rechargeable flash lights, 2, from GE. Really light and last 18 hours. tkarr

    April 17, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    • Thanks for visiting, agree on the rechargeables – worth checking out.

      April 17, 2015 at 10:23 pm

  4. Are you and Mary visiting the Sierra again this summer? I’m headed up and was just thinking about you guys! I hope you have great adventures on your horizon! 🙂

    June 5, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    • Hey Pillsbury! Man, we were just talking about another section hike of JMT but probably not til’ next summer. We will be doing some trekking near Bryce Canyon, Utah and Taos NM later on this month.

      June 5, 2015 at 10:00 pm

  5. I really meant to glance at your blog and then proceed to work I need to do. But never one to miss an opportunity to procrastinate, I became absorbed and read the entire recent blog. Well written and instructive, I really enjoyed it
    .
    I am 69 and only recently re discovered the joy of outdoors. I spent too many
    days pursuing vain commerce in my younger days, although we did have some
    fun times hiking and camping with our two boys.

    At the moment my hiking ambitions are limited to the woods and fields behind my house
    and watching You Tubes in my armchair. My darling wife of almost 50 years is undergoing a second round of chemo in 3 years for breast cancer, so we are limited in travel abilities at the moment.

    If you don’t know him already, you really need to meet up with You Tuber Pharraoh. He is a friendly, accepting guy who will accommodate just about anyone who wants to join him for a hike or over nighter. I think you two would be a perfect pair. He has offered to take me along on one, but in spite of his promise to match my pace, I fear that I would be a drag for someone quite fit. And it’s a long trip from the wrong end of TN (Memphis area), and East TN, W NC, BRP are powerful lures that have been the destinations for most of our travels over the years.

    His haunts are in the shadow of the PCT, San Bernardino Mtns.area. He is a machinist and made to prototype for the mini multitool. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZW90Ftgx0Oo

    September 8, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    • Hi Larry, thanks for stopping by – glad you enjoyed it. I do a mix of trail reviews and occasionally some short fiction. If you get a chance, check out another one of my blogs on RV trips at https://mycaliforniadreamin.wordpress.com/ My grandkids don’t live very far from you near the town of Oakland. We usually drive the RV out there every year or so and have an adventure along the way. Lastly, will pray for healing for your wife. I believe there is a God who cares for us so much. I don’t understand the trials we go through, but I know that He loves us. Looking forward to hearing from you again. – John

      September 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm

  6. Julie Camacho

    I was doing a Google search on a certain part of the PCT and your blog came up. I read a couple of your blog posts, including your “about me” page. I just had to leave a comment. I am a Christian wife and mother. I home school my children and one of our biggest focus is on God’s awesome creation. We are blessed to live in San Diego and take full advantage of all our diverse lands from sea to mountains. My husband and I have been hiking with our youngest boys since they were small. We just went on our first family backpacking trip in the Cuyamaca’s. The boys are 12 and 8 now and are learning to have a great appreciation for the outdoors and the splendor of God’s miraculous handiwork. I enjoyed reading your posts! Maybe we will run into you somewhere out there.

    April 19, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    • Julie, thank you for your kind words. My wife and I homeschooled our two daughters who now have families of their own. It was a rewarding experience. I wished we had lived out here as we surely would have taken them into the backcountry. I encourage you to head up to the Sierras, especially near Lone Pine or Big Pine. Some amazing hikes with majestic views. Hike on!

      April 28, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    • Hi Julie, thank you for taking the time to stop by. It’s a great idea to introduce children to the outdoors. The memories that you guys are creating will last a lifetime. If you haven’t already, I encourage you and your family to do some short backcountry trips in the Sierras. The views are spectacular and God’s creation surrounds you. – JL

      August 19, 2016 at 5:30 pm

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