An outdoorsman and Nurse Practitioner living in Chicago. When I first started this blog, I was an EMT living in Southern California and this blog has followed...

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 By Quincy Koetz

Hikes near San Carlos: Pulgas Ridge Open Space

Pulgas Ridge Open Space is a mid-sized park in the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space Authority. Abundant landscape diversity and magnificent views make this an easy hiking destination for those of us in San Carlos and Silicon Valley. I’ve been in the Bay Area for roughly a year and a half now and never tire from...

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Garrapata State Park

Long Fall Weekend in Carmel-by-the-Sea

In a departure from my typical rough-and-tumble trips across the Western Backcountry, my wife and I spent a three day weekend in the bucolic seaside town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Often compared to a real-life fairy-tale town, its tasteful charm was not missed even by this rambler. October is my favorite time of year on the California Coast....

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Glass Mountain California

Hiking Glass Mountain, California

Glass Mountain is an ancient volcano in far flung Eastern California. Rising  to an altitude of 11,128′ , its jet-black profile hides fields of obsidian and a few hiking trails to boot. My final summit on this three day ramble through the Eastern Sierra was Glass Mountain. This volcanic summit is part of the Long...

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Potato Peak and Bodie Peak, California

Hiking Bodie and Potato Peaks, California

Bodie State Historic Park is a famously picturesque ghost town in a profoundly isolated part of California. Nearby to this park lies two desert peaks which see far less visitors. On my recent ramble through the Eastern Sierras I finally made it to the Bodie Mountains and its most famous town of Bodie State Historic...

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