Monthly Archives: April 2014

A Torturous Tremendous Tommy’s Adventure ( Or don’t go hiking in Barstow)

      Any one who knows me knows if in hungry you better get the hell out of my way.       My friends who hike with me bring extra snacks because no one wants to deal with Amber’s attitude if she runs out of food four miles from the car.       I have a big appetite …

Valley of Fire State Park ( And Painful Pretty Flowers from Hell)

Don’t ever, ever touch the prettiest flower in the desert. When hiking in the desert just remember that the flowers hate you and they are usually covered in thorns.The pretty white desert flowers may look soft and intriguing but take my word on this, unless you want to be pulling tiny little thorns out of …

A Wild Life; Growing up in the Mountains in the 80’s

             It all started with those damn raccoons.             Those damn, cute, adorable I want to hug them except they might be rapid, raccoon.              I  grew up at nearly seven thousand feet in a small mountain town. I did not have a typical childhood. I never sat in front of the TV …

Sublime Spectacle; A View From San Jacinto

” The View from San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth” ~John Muir From my first ascent (Of many sure to come) of  mighty San Jacinto Mountain last May. At the time this was the tallest mountain I had climbed at 10,834. The entire hike was over fourteen miles …

A Delicious Pile of Meat; Eating Good at the Rennaisance Faire

    As soon as I reached the faire ground I tripped over five tree roots in a row and stubbed my big tow at least three times.     I needed mead so that I could fly over these damn tree roots gracefully.     The Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire used to be held in Devore, California, …