Posts about The Outdoors

Running Back-To-Back Half Marathons

Running Back-To-Back Half Marathons

This past Sunday, I ran the Griffith Park Half Marathon. One week prior to that, I ran the Disney Star Wars Half Marathon. I hadn't planned to run two half marathons with one week apart, but I'll get to that shortly. Prior to these two races, my last half marathon was in Ventura in June of 2014. I finished that race in 1:54:53, and I knew that I could do way better than that. Read more →

Touring the Midwestern US on a Bike

Touring the Midwestern US on a Bike

In June of 2015, my Dad and I went on a weeklong bike trip through southwest Wisconsin and southeast Minnesota. This was my first time visiting either of these states, and I was excited to experience a new part of the country from the saddle! I missed the majority of the first day due to some airline complications. Rather than ranting about incompetent airport employees and terrible airlines, I'll just get right into the bike trip. Read more →

Backpacking Butano State Park

Backpacking Butano State Park

It recently dawned on me that I hadn't been on a single backpacking trip so far this year, and the year is almost halfway over... So I decided to change that. Three weeks ago, my brother and I did a one night backpacking trip in Butano State Park. It was about a 13 mile loop - roughly 6 miles to the campsite, and 7 miles back out. The park is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It’s beautiful terrain - a lush forest full of redwoods... Read more →

The 2015 Big Sur Marathon

The 2015 Big Sur Marathon

I've always been drawn to Big Sur. The first time I visited California, my friend Joe and I spent a night camping there, and I've been in love with the area ever since. There's something magical about the redwoods and ocean air that keep me coming back for backpacking trips, concerts, and anything else even remotely interesting. I don't need a compelling reason to... Read more →

Climbing in Joshua Tree & The Integratron

Climbing in Joshua Tree & The Integratron

Life can get pretty hectic sometimes. Many people seem to gravitate towards the ocean when they want to relax. Perhaps it's because I live by the beach, but I find the desert to be much more relaxing. When I think of "the desert", I think of Joshua Tree. Things just seem to move at a different pace out there... Read more →

7 Days on a Bike: DC to Pittsburgh on the C&O Canal & GAP Trail

7 Days on a Bike: DC to Pittsburgh on the C&O Canal & GAP Trail

My Dad and I recently spent a week riding along the C&O Canal and GAP Trails. 330 miles, from Arlington, VA to Pittsburgh, PA. This was an amazing trip, and I took a ton of photos along the way. Here are some of my favorites. Read more →

Catalina Island!

Catalina Island!

I've lived in Southern California for almost 4 years now, and up until August I had never set foot on Catalina Island. There's really no excuse for that. We decided to make a trip to the island to celebrate a friend's birthday. We caught a very early boat ride from San Pedro and landed in Avalon before breakfast. Read more →

Exploring Abandoned Houses & Boat on Parramore Island in Wachapreague, VA!

Exploring Abandoned Houses & Boat on Parramore Island in Wachapreague, VA!

My friends and I found three abandoned homes and a large commercial fishing boat docked on an island off the coast of Virginia. Check out some of these pictures! Read more →

Backpacking Angeles Forest – Three Points to Cooper Canyon

Backpacking Angeles Forest – Three Points to Cooper Canyon

A quick write-up (with photos) of a 15 mile overnight backpacking trip along the PCT in Angeles National Forest Read more →

Hiking in Serrano Canyon

Hiking in Serrano Canyon

I went on my first Meetup.com group hike in Serrano Canyon and got some great pictures in the process. Check them out here! Read more →