An Ode to the Walkabout

If you spend enough time on the trail, the practice of hiking will change you. Once upon a time, I was hellbent on the summit, pushing at maximum speed to rack up the miles and check the destinations off an ever-growing list of challenges. I've come to call that sort of hiking "bucket-listing." Bucket-listing stems …

Trip Report: Cuyamaca Highlands

Last Sunday (11/23), I took a trip out to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park to take a look at trail conditions up along the Cuyamaca Crest. I heard about an SDG&E project that was blocking access to the summit, which was of interest given Cuyamaca Peak's inclusion into the San Diego Six Pack of Peaks. I …

Mountain Music

At the beginning of the song Grown Ocean by the band Fleet Foxes, drummer J Tillman counts off two half notes and then four quarter notes right before a pounding, lush acoustic arrangement erupts into the band's cavernous reverberated sonic environment. Within these first moments of the song, my memory transports me instantaneously to Sequoia National …