Category: Camping and Outdoors

How to Avoid Common Hiking Mistakes

I’m excited to announce a guest post today from Jenny Holt, a freelance writer and mother of two. She loves nothing more than getting away from it and taking her pet Labrador Bruce for long walks, something she can do a lot more now she’s left the corporate world behind. She has written a post for us today about how to avoid some common hiking mistakes. I hope you enjoy her article!

There is an Extinct Volcano in Carlsbad, California…and You Can Hike to the Top!

Attention, San Diego area locals and visitors: there is a volcano in our midst! Yes, I said that right. There’s a volcano in our midst! (I had to repeat myself for dramatic effect). Nestled in the relatively sleepy seaside town of Carlsbad (a.k.a. home) is the Calavera Nature Preserve, where one can go on a leisurely afternoon hike past a tiny lake and to an extinct volcano! Who ever said there’s nothing cool in the suburbs?

Camping Tips for People Who Hate Being Uncomfortable

So…you want to go camping, but you’re not really a big fan of sleeping in the cold, on the hard ground, eating nothing but hot dogs and chips for days on end? I get you. On the other hand, camping is an awesome way to travel, get out into nature, and go on adventures for much less money than it would cost to stay in a hotel room.

So what’s a person on a budget with minimum comfort standards to do?

The Grand Canyon Really Does Live Up To The Hype

There is no photo that will do justice to the Grand Canyon as it is more vast and more incredible than I think a photo can really capture. It’s almost surreal, like a place somebody made up for a matte painting to be used in a sci-fi movie. I highly recommend you take the opportunity to go and see it at least once in your lifetime, because there really is nothing like it anywhere else in the world.

Food to Take Hiking With You

If you’re planning on going hiking, you’re going to want to make sure you bring the proper gear and provisions along with you. If you’re going on a short day hike, you can get away with nothing but a water bottle and a pair of athletic shoes, but if your hike is going to last you half a day, a full day, or overnight, you’re going to want to really think and prepare properly for your outing.