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    Arroyo Seco Canyon Is Open

    I took some of my Cub Scouts on a hike up Arroyo Seco Canyon in Altadena, CA today.. We left about 7:30am and were at the trailhead 20 minutes later. The weather was mild and perfect for hiking. We hit the trail at 8:00am. Arroyo Seco has been open for two weeks after a nearly...
    jwmerica jwmerica
    51-55, M
    May 28, 2011

    Into the Wild

    I love to be out in nature. I especially enjoy camping alone. Not that fake wussy camping with all the ammenities and surrounded by others. I like to hike to a secluded spot away from the car and any other campers. There's nothing like being alone in the National Forest or...
    chromaticone chromaticone
    36-40, M
    3 Responses May 3, 2009

    Just got back from backpacking 82 miles in 2

    weeks in New Mexico on the Philmont Scout Ranch!
    Coywolf Coywolf
    18-21, F
    Aug 6, 2015

    I Love Both

    I started hiking in scouts, for a merit badge, and never stopped. As a teen I'd think nothing of a 10 mile hike just to get out of the city and into the woods, and my family was poor so vacation to me growing up was camping with the family. In the late 60's really good frame...
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    Aug 6, 2012

    My Own Secret Place.

    I explored all the trails around where I live and found a path that goes up to a rocky overlook spot. its just about the limit of how far I can go without a grown up guide. sometimes a friend comes with me but I always bring my dog along. anyway its a perfect place to sit and...
    Wolfbrat Wolfbrat
    13-15, M
    Jan 28, 2011

    Most of the time, I am a Winter type of guy.

    The Summers on the West coast are hot and the bugs are everywhere..... the trails are packed with all the people and its almost a waste of time even going out unless you pack in really far into some of the wilderness areas. The Winter is best for me, usually movement on...
    whynotdothis whynotdothis
    51-55, M
    Nov 16, 2014

    One of the many great hiking trails in Tuolumne

    Meadows in Yosemite National Park. Picture near Elizabeth Lake. 2013
    Direwolf65 Direwolf65
    51-55, M
    Apr 7, 2015

    Following the blazes .

    ... Sheltowee Trace ....
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    Jul 18, 2015

    Did A 12 Day Trip This Summer

    I had the chance to go with my son on a 65 mile trip this last summer.  It was in the mountains of northeast New Mexico.  Peaked at about 12,000 ft.  I was an unbelievable experience and it was so much more special because I was with my son. 
    george1445 george1445
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Apr 22, 2010
    TheFreestone TheFreestone
    22-25, M
    Dec 7, 2013

    If I were to live this place.

    ..I want to climb this mountain atleast...
    Provinceana Provinceana
    22-25, F
    1 Response Oct 27, 2014


    I was thinking yesterday, that without gambling, life is meaningless. The thought came to me, not at a gaming table in Vegas or at the track; It came to me standing 100' above the San Gabriel River. A ledge about 5" wide was where I was perched, studying the face of the canyon...
    jwmerica jwmerica
    51-55, M
    May 23, 2011
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