Ragged Point – Big Sur, CA 

Ragged Point is located at the south end of the Big Sur area. This trail is so, so tight. A truly unexpected gem. The area is a tourist stop, but most tourists just look at the views without taking the steep trip down to the cove below.  On Highway 1 there are signs for…

Slick Rock – Three Rivers, CA

Three Rivers is a small town outside of the entrance to Sequoia National Park. The first thing you see as you’re traveling east on highway 198 is Slick Rock. I’m told it’s also referred to as “Slicky”. This area has camping, bike trails, rock climbing, and the Kaweah River. The river leads to nearby Lake…

Ziplining in Mariposa, CA

Mariposa is just outside of Yosemite. They call it the gateway to Yosemite. This area has sweeping views, rolling hills, and trails without the park crowds. We ziplined at Yosemite Zipline Adventures off of Highway 140. They take you on a zipline tour of increasingly longer and faster lines, so you alternately walk a little…

Pinnacles National Monument

Pinnacles was a national monument when I was there but I hear it’s been upgraded to a national park. It’s near Soledad, CA in central CA. This is where you go to see condors. The best time to go is during the winter months either early in the morning or before the sun goes down.…

Rafting the Stanislaus River – Knights Ferry, CA

We had a tradition of rafting the Stanislaus River out of Knights Ferry every summer. My most important tip is to not go in the middle of August when the water level is lowest and the current is nearly nonexistent. You’ll be working hard. I have many memories of seeing people catapulted out of their…