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Adventures in hiking and road trips

Updated on November 12, 2014
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Road trips and hiking

One of the things I like to do is travel around and find new places to hike. Because of the lack of funds and time, I mostly travel around the southwestern United States. Though I have been to Mexico and Canada, I have not done a hiking trip there. Since I've gotten into birding, I might look into birdwatching tours and trips around Baja California and add them to this lens if that ever happens. So far, most of the trips and tours I've found for Mexico are several days long or require me to drive my own vehicle across the border which complicates things.

But, I have descriptions and photos of many places around the southwestern United States that I have visited and hiked at over the last twenty years. I know it's not as exotic as Latin America, Africa, or Asia, but I hope you enjoy it. Most of these places I have traveled alone, but managed to tag along with tours and other people I've met along the way. I am tracking down a lot of photos I've taken all across the southwest. A lot of them were taken via film, so I need to find the prints and/or negatives to scan.

This hub will not only focus on place where I've hiked, but also on road trips I took.

All of the photos in this lens were taken by me.

Items on road trips and hiking

Here are a few handpicked items on road trips from Amazon.com in case you want to do your own road trip.

The Most Scenic Drives in America, Newly Revised and Updated: 120 Spectacular Road Trips
The Most Scenic Drives in America, Newly Revised and Updated: 120 Spectacular Road Trips

A book that can help you plan some road trips. This book has great photos and ideas on where to take the most scenic drives in the country and gives a little bit of history as well as special events, attractions, and contact information.

 
Fifty Places to Hike Before You Die: Outdoor Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations
Fifty Places to Hike Before You Die: Outdoor Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations

Great hikes all around the world. This book is written by people who have actually done these hikes and are outdoor experts. Places explored include Tibet and Rwanda as well as other places around the globe.

 

Zion National Park

Zion
Zion | Source

Pretty much the furthest place I've traveled from home in my car where I actually have photos of. I think the actual furthest place east of San Diego that I've traveled by car was Durango, Colorado, but I didn't take any photos. I've also traveled to Monterrey, California without a camera because I was taking a test for a job.

I went to Zion in the winter, so many trails were closed, though I did find an icy trail to hike up. In the summer, there's horseback riding on that trail, but not in the winter. Several trails were closed when I was there. But, it was pretty with all the snow.

Prescott, Arizona

Prescott, Arizona
Prescott, Arizona | Source

For some reason, I can't find a whole lot of my Prescott, Arizona photos. I've been there several times and even went and did some hiking around the mountains around there. When I visited there, the town was still fairly small and the country was only a few minutes away. Now, however, I've heard that the urban area has expanded throughout the valley and it's gotten quite smoggy.

This was a view from my hotel room at Hotel St. Michaels which is where I usually stayed when I was there. I thought about moving there, but there weren't really any jobs for me around there.

Looking for bighorn sheep

Sheep watch
Sheep watch | Source

I went and looked for baby bighorns near Tamarisk Grove in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The ABDSP is one place I often take my car and hike and it's only a couple hours drive from my home. I can't remember the guy's name who led this talk (I will look his name up, but I think he's retired now) but he was an expert on sheep in the area and showed us where we can see lambs and talked about the desert bighorn in general. However, we did not see any lambs that year. I think there was a fire near the area in the fall before and that changed the dynamics of the lambing season.

Big Morongo Canyon

Moreno Valley
Moreno Valley | Source

Here I am in the Big Morongo Canyon preserve just north of Palm Springs and not too far from 29 Palms. I think I have some photos of Route 66 and Amboy as well as the Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree towns where there was a huge earthquake before.

When I took this photo, it was about a year after a huge fire burned through the area. Much of the area was still blackened. But, it was a nice trail. I may visit there again, soon.

Santa Ysabel Preserve

Santa Ysabel Preserve
Santa Ysabel Preserve | Source

This area is not too far from where I live. It's a very small town where a lot of people do cattle or other types of ranching. The Santa Ysabel Preserve is actually open range land, so if you visit, be aware that there might be cattle (including bulls with full horns) there on the trail. Much of what I see in the preserve are cows, calves, and steers, however. Most of the cattle are scared of people and will run if they see you on foot looking at them, but don't take any chances. Do not pet or try to touch them.

The trail actually goes from Santa Ysabel to Volcan Mountain near Julian, California. You can do the trail there and back within a day. No overnight camping is allowed.

Anza Borrego Desert

Car in desert
Car in desert | Source

Here's a picture of my car in the Anza-Borrego Desert a few years back. I still have that car, but don't visit the desert as often as I used to. On that day, there was a great sunrise and I liked the way the light looked.

More travel photos - Photos from my local road trips.

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Coachella Valley Preserve, looking at the San Gorgonio area.Inaja Firefighter Monument just outside Wynola, CA.  Honors firefighters who died fighting a fire in the 50s.A nice looking rock formation in the southern part of Joshua Tree Park.Wind Farms just outside the Palm Springs area.Oh no! I've got my eyes closed at the Coachella Valley Preserve.Pegleg Smith Monument in Borrego Springs. If you seek gold in the desert, add a rock to the pile behind the sign.Julian, CA, downtown in the 90s.Hummingbirds in Julian, CA.  There's a store there with a lot of bird feeders.  I think this is an Allen's hummingbird.
Coachella Valley Preserve, looking at the San Gorgonio area.
Coachella Valley Preserve, looking at the San Gorgonio area. | Source
Inaja Firefighter Monument just outside Wynola, CA.  Honors firefighters who died fighting a fire in the 50s.
Inaja Firefighter Monument just outside Wynola, CA. Honors firefighters who died fighting a fire in the 50s. | Source
A nice looking rock formation in the southern part of Joshua Tree Park.
A nice looking rock formation in the southern part of Joshua Tree Park. | Source
Wind Farms just outside the Palm Springs area.
Wind Farms just outside the Palm Springs area. | Source
Oh no! I've got my eyes closed at the Coachella Valley Preserve.
Oh no! I've got my eyes closed at the Coachella Valley Preserve. | Source
Pegleg Smith Monument in Borrego Springs. If you seek gold in the desert, add a rock to the pile behind the sign.
Pegleg Smith Monument in Borrego Springs. If you seek gold in the desert, add a rock to the pile behind the sign. | Source
Julian, CA, downtown in the 90s.
Julian, CA, downtown in the 90s. | Source
Hummingbirds in Julian, CA.  There's a store there with a lot of bird feeders.  I think this is an Allen's hummingbird.
Hummingbirds in Julian, CA. There's a store there with a lot of bird feeders. I think this is an Allen's hummingbird. | Source

So, what kinds of trips do you take? Do you take trips close to home, or do you travel around the world? I'm always interested in hearing about other people's outdoor and nature trips.

What kinds of road or hiking trips do you take?

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      You just seem to make the most out of everywhere you go and we don't need to go to exotic places to find amazing experiences. My favorite is still going to the area where I grew up...it will always be God's country to me and I will never tire of the same scenes and paths...they do change a bit over the years. :)

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      RinchenChodron 

      5 years ago

      I have a secret place in Colorado, that I can't share - want it to myself!

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      NC Shepherd 

      5 years ago

      I love road tripping across the country. I always search the internet first to find cool places to go and things to see.

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      TheWorldOutdoors 

      5 years ago

      You must visit Zion National Park during the summer! It is beautiful and a must-do for any hikers bucket list!! The World Outdoors offers a 6 day guided trip through three AMAZING National Parks: Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion!

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      Jogalog 

      5 years ago

      I like to do both. I just wish I had more opportunity at the moment to travel.

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