Outdoors

Following the devil in Anza-Borrego

Close to home off-roading adventure.

Mud walls towered over us as we twisted and turned down the narrow canyon. Smoke trees scraped the truck where they leaned in over the rutted track, and a couple of times there was a ...

New Zealand’s otherworldly Tongariro Crossing

The 12-mile volcanic trail is heralded as one of the country's best.

I have a mix of fear and respect for volcanoes. They are imposing, difficult to climb, and can erupt with little warning. However, when my husband and I visited New Zealand, our friends strongly recommended ...

Late-season climb on Mount San Jacinto

Two hours from S.D., million-dollar views await.

The 360° vista from Mount San Jacinto's 10,834-foot summit is breathtaking: Southern California’s parched land hopscotches sprawling metropolis in every direction. Palm Springs spreads like a patchwork quilt in the east. Riverside and San Bernardino ...

De-stress in Borrego Springs

Visit for upcoming October fests, to stargaze, hike, camp - or just get away.

Stressed? “Take a big long deep breath in, and then slowly exhale out,” according to my yoga teacher. But for those of us who rush through life in a hyper-busy routine, there’s no time to ...

The bounty of Arizona

From Yuma to Tucson, a handful of must-sees 2-7 hours from San Diego.

Until this year, the only part of Arizona I had ever seen was my grandparents’ retirement abode near Camelback Mountain. I remembered that people would emerge in the cool of the night with headlamps to ...

Lake George, NY: Upstate tranquility

I opened my eyes and peeled my head from the pillow, waking to a lush wilderness of massive maples and juniper pines. “The city” was a mere 220 miles away, but the silence and serenity ...

Diving at Big Corn Island, Nicaragua

Off the beaten path with Pirate Chema.

A vertical sign written out in white seashells stated we had reached the dive shop destination. It was with some reluctance that I shuffled up to the two-story weatherbeaten building. My last resort dive had ...

Sixty miles to El Capitan Reservoir and back

East County standouts on this 4-5 hour cycling trip.

I recently had a nice, cool day off for a leisurely and minimally hilly bike ride that doesn't involve the super-flat Mission Bay or San Diego Bay. Where else to go but to follow the ...

Paddling with gators in Florida's Myakka River State Park

Initially I was petrified at the thought of being in a body of water with alligators, but then I realized I didn’t sign up for this kayak trip to see birds. If you’ve spent much ...

Biking the Great Western Loop

This East County route should be on every S.D. cycler's list.

A few friends and I went riding East County's Great Western Loop on a clear November morning. The GWL is a popular rural cycling route along Willow Glen, Dehesa, Japatul, Lyons Valley Roads and Jamul ...

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