Outdoors

Thunderheads and elderberry on the horizon

Cumulonimbus Clouds, or thunderheads, are most likely to form over San Diego County's deserts and mountains during the latter part of the summer season, beginning about mid-July. The clouds appear by midafternoon — often the ...

July: San Diego's Driest Month

Agaves, crepe myrtles, native lilies, and cicadas thrive this time of year

According to precipitation data compiled since the year 1850, only four hundredths of an inch of rain falls on average during the month of July, compared to almost two inches in January, the wettest month. ...

Jerry Schad's Afoot and Afield fifth edition on the way

Scott Turner walks in the bootsteps of local hiking pioneer, updates book

Scott Turner has hiked more than a thousand miles carrying Jerry Schad's invaluable <a href="http://Afoot and Afield, so when he offered to update what is the best San Diego hiking franchise, he knew he had ...

Summer brings record heat, magnolias, and June bugs

Desert explorers should take along enormous quantities of water

The Heat of Summer will most likely reach its feverish peak in inland San Diego County during the coming month — July. (Coastal San Diego is different: since its weather is greatly affected by the ...

Best bets for your Joshua Tree weekend

Hiking, camping and reality-escaping in the closest national park.

As a recent transplant to Southern California, I've been anxious and excited to get out and explore what this part of the country has to offer. Joshua Tree has been at the top of my ...

I don't like to hike — so how do I love Denver?

Outdoor adventures for the risk-averse: the grass is greener in CO.

When you tell people you’re headed to Denver, they assume you have something green on the mind. Maybe it’s the emerald leaves of Boulder’s sprawling landscape, or perhaps it’s a plant of the recently legalized ...

America's largest park: Death Valley

Make the 5.5-hour drive now for the El Niño superbloom, while it lasts.

A visit to Death Valley can be a wonderful opportunity to clear your mind of some of the mental clutter we accrue in our daily routines and enjoy a digital detox while soaking in some ...

Exploring Virgin Gorda's Baths

The geologic wonder makes for a British Virgin Islands must-see.

Framing the aquamarine Caribbean along a pristine, white sandy beach, the British Virgin Islands' Baths invariably evoke a jaw-dropping reaction from those visiting this feat of Mother Nature. Located on the island of Virgin Gorda, ...

See (and surf) SoCal's sand dunes

What to do, where to eat & stay on these close-to-home desert adventures.

I typically love the sea, sun and sand. Interestingly though, not all the sands I’m drawn to lie in coastal regions. In fact, most of the sand on Earth is stacked in massive piles in ...

Qamea, Fiji: paradise + misadventure

For newlyweds, love lessons come by way of travel.

Nadi, Fiji, is a 10-hour direct flight from LAX. It’s ideal for travelers – especially ones who sleep soundly on planes, as I do. The flight leaves at 11:30 p.m. via Fiji Airways and arrives ...

Overnighter in the Laguna Mountains

Noble Canyon Trail's alpine scenery is a quick drive and hike away.

There is no need for hiking trips to be epic. The Laguna Mountains, less than 50 minutes from mid-city San Diego, are a lovely alpine retreat and world away from the city. Even quick trips ...

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