Snapshot Sunday – Glacial Experience

    Glacial experiences will become more rare as the warming of the earth continues.  You will have to travel further.  Drive, hike, row and venture further than ever.  The experience is worth… Continue reading

Accessible Beauty of Death Valley

    The beauty of Death Valley can be enjoyed by everyone. You don’t have to be physically fit and it can be enjoyed without hiking or leaving the highway for that matter. There… Continue reading

The Dunes of Mesquite Flat

    The Sand Dunes of Mesquite Flat are a protected wilderness area and off-road vehicles are prohibited to protect the sensitive plants and animals. This allows the Flat to be a fun… Continue reading

Hiking Death Valley

  Hiking Death Valley can be a unique experience that you may have not consider before. Yes, the valley can get quite hot and unbearable for strenuous exercise. If you plan your trip… Continue reading

Darwin Falls

  Feb. 05, 2016  The day started early in anticipation of the morning rush hour.  My brother and I left at 7:15 a.m. to get a head start on our all-morning drive to Death… Continue reading

Weir Canyon to Irvine Park

  January 30th, 2016 The day began with rays of sunshine, another typical day in Southern California it appeared to be.  But, in the near distance gray clouds threatened to cover the sun.  As… Continue reading

Undulating Waves, Inspirational Anomaly

  The motion of undulating waves can have a calming effect and lull you to sleep.  Wait, do my eyes deceive me?  This is not a body of water.  My eyes have failed… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Nostalgia Beach

  Nostalgia Beach, located in the vivid corners of your memory.   Here, you worshiped the sun and bathed in the warm salty waters as the waves lapped your slowly tanning body.  It stretches… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Aging Hillside

  The aging of nature and slowly the gray has come to this hillside confirming the age of the landscape.  It verifies that the hills have aged gracefully, still holding on to beauty.  How many… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Reflecting Pool

There’s nothing more soothing than a beautiful pool.  The calming effect of  the dragonflies interacting in the green foliage of the pristine waters.  Water so clean, you can’t decipher between reality and reflection.  … Continue reading

Fallen Beauty

      Beauty is celebrated by everyone, be it subconsciously or consciously. Beauty is adored or worshipped. Those lacking in this trait dream of such wonder. The genetically gifted gleam in the… Continue reading

The Ant and his Wanderlust

A typical ant colony can consist of hundreds of thousands and sometimes millions of ants contributing to the colony. One such ant is Aaron who toils in the heat daily along with thousands of… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Petrified

  We’ve all been there.  A frightening experience has rendered us helpless. Imagine being in a 9.2 earthquake, so powerful it changes the landscape. In 1964, this is what happened. The Anchorage area of Alaska… Continue reading

Photographic Review of 2015

Every year we have an idea of what the future will hold for us.  We plan the best we can to maximize our experience.  This year was no different for me.  The expeditions… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Ipanema

  The girl from Ipanema resides in this magical place full of fit bodies and beautiful women.  Ipanema is one of the most famous beaches in the world and in the summer of… Continue reading

Weir Canyon Trail

  If you haven’t noticed, I’ve made more of an effort to hike my local trails and there isn’t one more local than the Weir Canyon Trail.  The trailhead for this loop is only two miles from… Continue reading

Faith

  Faith, an intangible believe in a higher entity that guides our lives. What makes people think that there is actually a higher being that can change our lives? Without proof of a… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Nature’s Swagger

  Nature’s swagger in full display. The blooming of flowers is nature posturing and reconfirming the depth of beauty it can bring forth. The desert of California, Joshua Tree National Park, is not immune.… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Golden

The golden trail does not consist of mineral riches begging for minors to excavate its wealth. It’s your favorite trail that makes you happy and allows you to escape the day-to-day life, to… Continue reading

Alienated

I’m an alien. In my birthplace, the Philippines, I’m a foreigner not able to speak the national language of Tagalog. Although, born in the central province of Cebu, my communication skills are limited,… Continue reading

Oak Canyon, Enchanting Forest of Middle Earth

The enchanted forest of middle earth is a place of wonder and amazing flora. A forest consisting of centuries-old trees, some able to walk and talk like humans. Fairies, elves, dwarfs, and hobbits… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Receding Glacier

The glaciers of the world have been receding. Slowly crawling back into the valleys and mountains, hiding from the world that so cruelly punishes them for no reason. The viewing platforms, solely erected for… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Hike of Grandeur

Hiking can be a long and strenuous activity. Not only is it great for your health but also a great stress reliever. It can cleanse your soul and free your mind. This particular… Continue reading

San Juan Trail, Cleveland National Forest

Recently, a friend of mine made me realize that I’ve neglected local hikes as I’ve been spoiled by the hikes on my travels. Maybe, subconsciously I thought that the local hikes could not compare to… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Safe Harbor

The vast sea is unpredictable and at times unforgiving. Gail force winds, 30-foot tsunamis, or lightning storms can arise at anytime. Before night falls, seeking safe harbor would be a sound choice. The comfort and safety… Continue reading

Companionship and Love

Companionship is composed of two feelings. Friendship:  a strong form of interpersonal unity and mutual affection between two or more people. A rapport and a sense of camaraderie that unites people. Intimacy:  a closeness and familiarity… Continue reading

The End of The Road, Santa Monica Pier

If you’re in the United States and you travel west as far as you can, you well end up at the Santa Monica Pier. At least, this is the perception Hollywood movies give… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – The Great Outdoors

*** The great outdoors and the vast expanse of Alaska where your soul and your mind may wander.  Hike, ride, sled or paddle as far as you physically can as the outdoors has no limitations but… Continue reading

A Tale Of Caution

The boat, run aground on the reef, is a constant reminder of the perils of every day life. Even in calm waters and ideal tropical conditions, keep your sense of awareness at its… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Oddity of Nature

*** The oddity of cactus growing within a shadows distance from the ocean. Cliffs painted white by artists such as blue footed boobies, frigates, and penguins. “Where is this rare combination found?” you… Continue reading

Serenity and The Lake Shrine

Serenity is the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled. There’s a location in Southern California that grants these feelings. The Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine is a ten-acre site with a spring fed lake and… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – A Woman Scorned

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned – William Congreve There is nothing as unpleasant as a woman who has been offended by her lover, man or woman. Her vengeful rage knows no… Continue reading

I’m Lost

*** I’ve struck aground. For the most part my path has been laid out. From the pool beneath the waterfall, following the river down to the great wide sea. It hasn’t been easy,… Continue reading

Snapshot Sunday – Emerald Pool Waterfall

. The Emerald Pools trail is appropriately named with two beautiful pools as the focal point. If you ever make it out to Zion National Park, don’t forget to catch the view from the bottom… Continue reading

Getty Villa

Jean Paul Getty, founder of Getty Oil Company, was an avid collector of art and antiquities. His collection totaled to approximately $2.7 billion in 2014. His collection was left to the J. Paul… Continue reading

The Frolicking Swan

The swan, what all ugly ducklings aspire to be. They’re admired by all. The definition of beauty with its white plume and never with a feather out-of-place. Ever so graceful in flight or… Continue reading