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Visiting Pirate Tower, Victoria Beach, Laguna Beach

A fun little roadside stop on a beautiful Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach CA. Contrary to it's name, this 60ft "Pirate Tower", as it's affectionately called by the locals, has nothing to do with pirates. In the early 1900s a wealth eccentric would hide gold coins in the tower for the local children which is how the tower got...

Hiking to Yost / Fern Lakes, Inyo National Forest

This is a short but difficult hike to two beautiful lakes in the Sierra Mountains in Inyo National Forest. Yost and Fern lakes sit on opposite sides of a large rocky peak. This hike is more often done as a day hike, but can easily be done as a weekend backpacking trip as well. I personally preferred Fern Lake...

Kings Creek Falls Trail

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The most popular short hike in Lassen National Park, and for good reason! This is a relatively easy and beautiful hike with huge views! Think of it almost like a mini Mist Trail in Yosemite. This is a very popular and easy hike in Lassen, so be prepared for crowds! We did this hike during the Covid pandemic shortly...

E-L-T (Egg, Lettuce, Tomato) in Jar

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Egg, Lettuce, Tomato in a jar (a vegetarian take on ta BLT) is a super easy, portable, and tasty lunch option when you're camping or just out on long hikes. It's a low-carb alternative to a sandwich, and also packs some fresh ingredients, which can sometimes be scarce when having meals out in the woods. Ingredients (for 1 jar): ...

Southwestern Chick’n Foil Packets

This Southwestern chick'n foil packet recipe is so easy and so tasty! It's so good that we've even started to make it at home! These are really yummy and pretty healthy - a nice departure from most camp food which is often carb-based. Plus most if it comes from a can! I use fake chick'n since I'm vegetarian and...

Burkhart Trail to Cooper Canyon Falls

Cooper Canyon Falls is a pretty nice hike by Southern California standards that flows year round and roars in April/May from snow run off. Burkhart Trail to get there is mostly shaded, lots of trees, and you follow a creek to a big waterfall at the end of the hike. It's also not super crowded. Definitely one of my...

Eco-Swaps: Easy Ways to Reduce Waste in Your Home

We use and dispose of so many products (and plastic), we don't even realize it. If you're like me, once you go out into the world on your own, you use all the same products that your parents did when you lived at home. The products we use get ingrained in us and using them becomes more of a...

Colby Canyon to Josephine Peak and Strawberry Peak

Colby Canyon offers a scenic route up to both Josephine Peak and Strawberry Peak (most challenging peak in the front range of the San Gabriels). This hike gives you great 360-degree views of the surrounding areas from the top of these mile-high peaks. Overview: Distance: 4.3 - 8 one way(depending on route) Type: Out & Back Time:...

Rhinowolf Tent Review

I first saw the RhinoWolf tents on a Fb ad and was immediately interested in this product. What a cool idea! Not only was their marketing really slick and fun, but the tent itself looked amazing. An all-in-one tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping mat for 5.5lbs, PLUS they're module: you can combine the individual tents by zipping them together...

How Much Water Do You Need When Hiking or Backpacking?

Being properly hydrated when hiking or backpacking is not only vitally important for your health, but for your enjoyment as well. Dehydration can lead to serious health problems, which can be especially dangerous if you're on a backpacking trip in the middle of no where for days at at time. The biggest issue that comes with stay hydrated is that...