Sunday, October 21, 2018

Canyon Sin Nombre and Mine Peak

Knocked off a couple more hikes in the desert.
Canyon Sin Nombre included some great slot canyons.  My route was to walk down the road, then up the big slot canyon and then back along the ridge.
"Afoot and Afield" did not describe the route for Mine Peak very well.  The text says to take up a use trail from "behind" the mine.  But behind really meant taking the curvy road up the side of the hill until it dead ends to a big pile of ore.  I thought "behind the mine" meant behind the main structure.  This led me a route that was east of the "trail" and was much steeper.  No worries though as I made it to the peak and the awesome views.
One the way home, I stopped by Red Feather in Ocotillo for a great burger, highly recommended!

Entrance to small slot canyon

Entrance to main slot canyon

View from Mine Peak to the east

View from Mine Peak to the north

Monday, September 17, 2018

Paso Picacho Campout

The troop had its first campout of the season out at Paso Picacho campground in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.  We hiked up to the lake, got a lot of advancement in and had a great time!


My tent

Meadow east of the lake

Big sky

Stonewall Peak

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Laguna Mountain Batch of Hikes

With a heat wave coming, I chose to knock off some short hikes up in the Lagunas that might be a bit cooler than the rest of San Diego.
  • Cottonwood Falls - obviously no water was running but this would be a good one to hit in the spring
  • Wooded Hill - very nice day hike with plenty of shade
  • Foster's Point - Great lookout point with a very interesting guide to local peaks at the end
  • Fages Monument to PCT - Recon'ed a segment of the CRHT to do with the scouts
Cottonwood Creek Falls

View from Foster's Point

Fages Monument

Monday, August 27, 2018

Week in Prescott

We spent a week in Prescott, AZ to drop off Bengt at Embry-Riddle.  He is studying Cyber Intelligence and Security and is trying Air Force ROTC so we had to be there a few days early.

Unfortunately, his dorm is still under construction so him and his roommate are in the lounge area of existing suites but they are making it work.
We had time to checkout some of the sights in town:

Two guys in the lounge

Our Air BnB near downtown

Controlled burn on Thumb Butte

Thumb Butte

Desert View Tower

Mountain Springs Monument

Desert Tower Monument

Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial

Freshman pep talk
Watson Lake

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Weekend Activities

  • Passed my Security+ exam!
  • Jyoti finished her Baldrige review!
  • Super fun BBQ at Mission Bay
  • Great night at La Costa Wine
  • Embry-Riddle kickoff dinner with the Molitor's at Chief's

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Summer Camp at Emerald Bay

  • Kayak around the bay
  • Bike to Two Harbors
  • Burgers on the Beach
  • War Canoes to Parson's Landing
  • Hikes to Eagle Pass, Red Peak and a 3am hike to Silver Peak
  • Buffalo Run
  • Awesome scouting!

Boat ride over


Doctor's Cove



Emerald Bay from the bluffs


Scuba center and aquarium

Parson's Landing

Sunset at Parson's

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Kauai 2018

  • Queen's Bath
  • Turtle Cave
  • Captain Andy's
  • Sleeping Giant hike
  • Waimea Canyon
  • Polihale Beach
  • Anini Beach
  • ATV adventure
  • Golf cart tour
  • Surfing lessons at Anihole
Napali Coast from Captain Andy's

Trail up to Sleeping Giant

Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon Lookup

Turtle Cave

Captain Andy's

Monday, June 04, 2018

Jo's Birthday Weekend

  • Eagle project at Silverado senior care
  • Rotary Club Encinitas Wine Festival
  • Erin Sealy Pig and Pinot Wine Dinner at La Costa Wine

Monday, May 21, 2018

Mud Caves and Agua Caliente

We headed out to the mud caves again.  It was pretty hot already but the big cave was nice and cool inside.  We went all the way through and ran around a bit on the top.
To clear off the dust, we headed to Agua Caliente County Park.  As we pulled into our site, there was a large herd of bighorn sheep in it!  We counted at least 15 animals.  The scouts had a great time enjoying the pool.

Monday, April 23, 2018


After a 5 year absence, the troop headed back to the Camporee.  It was again held at O'Neill Lake in Camp Pendleton.  I was part of the planning and helped organize the field events.  I think the longer range planning made the event much better run than in the past.  Our scouts had a great time and one patrol even took 2nd in the orienteering event!

Morning flags

Fire fighting demonstration

Campfire setup