Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Dos Cabezas and Trifecta Challenge

We took our first trip out to Dos Cabezas after hearing about it from the HALT folks.  We drove out on Saturday morning and met up in Ocotillo.  Then we headed on the dirt road through the wind farm, then following the tracks northward.  We hit a couple dicey spots but made it to a nice camping spot.  After lunch, we hiked out the find the elusive Cave of the Blue Sun.  It was a good cross country experience except for all the cholla.  The scouts built a nice fire and we had some skits before go to be early (winter does that too you).
On the drive back home, the scouts agreed to do the A16 Trifecta Challenge.  So we took pictures in Ocotillo for the desert portion.  We then drove up to Mt. Laguna and thankfully found enough patches of snow for a snowball fight.  Lastly, we stopped at Moonlight Beach for the last leg.  Southern California is one of the few places in the world you can do this!  I was finisher #29.

Camping near the tracks

Waiting for a train!

Boulder cave

Cave of the Blue Sun

Sunrise in the Desert


Saturday, January 21, 2017

Gumshoe Krebs

Brian Krebs does some great detective work trying to find who DDOS'ed his site.  A must read.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Battle of Hiking Guidebooks

The Reader has a good article on the "battle" between local hiking guidebooks.  Schad has been go-to book for over 15 years now.  I was super elated to hear that Scott Turner will writing a new edition (whose release will be like Christmas in February)!  Due to that, I didn't consider buying "Coast to Cactus" but I think I will now.  By the way, that hike picture from Florida Canyon is not my idea of good hiking.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

2016 Family Reunion Cruise

We had our somewhat regular family reunion event the week between Christmas and New Year.  This was another Carnival cruise but leaving from Port Canaveral.  Also, my side of the family crashed it so had lots of people on the boat!
After leaving port, we had a day as sea.  It was quite rough going but I didn't get sick like some.  The first port was Grand Turk.  Grand Turk is a tiny island that is basically a big beach.  We didn't do an excursion but hiked around.  We found some cool shells but the boat didn't let us bring them on board.
The second port was in the Dominican Republic.  We had an excursion planning at the waterfalls of Damajagua with Iguana Mama.  It was awesome.  We hiked a few miles into the jungle and then followed the river jumping down cliffs and sliding down waterfalls.  Highly recommended.
The next day we spent getting back to port.  Overall, it was fun but the amenities like food and the entertainment seemed a notch below previous cruises.
After departing, we hit Kennedy Space Center which was great.  I am not a big space fanatic but loved the older rockets like the Saturn V.
Lastly, we drove up to Blue Springs State Park to see manatees.  They spend the winter there due to the warmer waters.  It was pretty interesting and well worth the drive.

Blue Springs State Park

Business End of a Saturn V at Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center

Grand Turk and John Glenn

No Loafing!

Hiking on Grand Turk

Columbus Was Here

Dominican Republic
End of the Line at Grand Turk


Docked at Grand Turk

The Docks

Clan Takes Over Deck 5


Monday, January 02, 2017

Books

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Laguna Snow Hike

Due to a busy month, we day hike planned rather than an overnight.  So we headed up to Mt. Laguna.  We got lucky and it happened to be the day after they got some snow.  Not much, only 1-3 inches, but it was enough to brake our long troop snow-less streak.  The hike started at Burnt Rancheria, headed north on th PCT then back down along Los Huecos road.  When we arrived, the air temp was 25 and we finished, it was 38 but everyone was well dressed and did great.  We also stopped in at the legendary Laguna Mountain Sports and Supply.





Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Colorado River Trek

We had our bi-annual Colorado River canoe trek this past weekend.  We did the Reverse Needles Topok Gorge itinerary in order to make the return drive a little earlier in the day.  I got to Park Moabi before everyone else and grabbed a spot.  The campground was much more crowded than last time, maybe work is getting out about Veterans Day canoeing.  The float through the gorge was awesome.  We made a stop this time at the sand dunes which was very cool.  We also found some caves near Castle Rock that we could canoe into.  After the drive back to camp, we had a great burger and corncob dinner.
The Sunday float out of Needles was fun but a bit tedious.  It was nice to finish early and get back home in time for dinner though.