Hiking to the Palisade Glacier from Second Lake on the Big Pine North Fork Trail

Palisades Glacier is the southernmost glacier in North America and it sits right around 12,4000 feet. It is accessed by a short but very difficult trail which splits off from the Big Pine North Fork Trail. Getting there is an incredible accomplishment but one that shouldn’t be taken lightly as you have to deal with […]

North Fork of Big Pine: Backpacking to the Glacial Lakes

When researching spots to explore, my friend Chris from Last Adventurer told me about the North Fork of Big Pine and it’s blue glacial lakes (not unlike those in Banff). I was immediately excited as I had never seen this area before, so we grabbed a permit and set out to backpack the area in […]

Ultimate California Bucket List: 100 Adventures You Need to Have in the State

As a state, California really does have a little bit of everything. From the scenic coastal drives and the arid deserts to towering Eastern Sierras and the large metropolitan cities, you could spend your whole life exploring this state and still not see all that it has to offer. I have spent the last five […]

Ancient Bristlecone Forest: Patriarch Grove & the Largest Bristlecone Pine in the World

I can’t believe that in California we have two of the biggest trees in the world and a few of the oldest living trees in the world as well. The former can be found in Sequoia, and the latter can be found in the Ancient Bristlecone Forest. These trees sit right at around 11,000 feet […]

Crowley Lake Columns: Strange Formations on the East Side of the Lake

The Crowley Lake Columns are a mysterious site that many people do not know about along Highway 395. These natural columns are not easy to get to, but they are rewarding for any adventurer who makes their way out there to see them. Here is the information if you want to check it out. Details […]

Cottonwood Charcoal Kilns on Highway 395

While driving up Highway 395, you have no doubt seen the historical marker signs for the Cottonwood Kilns, South of Lone Pine in the Owens Valley. These kilns used to sit on Cottonwood Creek, which dried up when the water from the lake was diverted, and now they sit in relative disarray as a memory […]

Eastern Sierra Museum in Independence on Highway 395

While driving up Highway 395, in the small town of Independence, there is a fantastic little museum that houses the area’s history and displays it beautifully. This spot is known as the Eastern Sierra Museum, and I got a chance to visit it on a recent road trip, here is all the information. Details Free […]

Carmel Belle: Great Breakfast in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel Belle is an excellent little breakfast spot in Carmel-by-the-Sea. It has an extensive menu of fun dishes, coffees, and juices, while providing a relaxed atmosphere with a large dining area featuring a full fireplace. If you are looking for a good breakfast spot in the town, look no further. Details Cost: $8 – $12 […]

Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo

Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo was the second mission founded of the Alta California Missions. In that, it became a critical building for the success of the missions and ultimately the headquarters for the expansion of the ministry under Father Serra. The mission was founded in 1770 and became a National Historical Landmark […]

Mission San Miguel Arcangel: One of the Best California Missions

Mission San Miguel Arcangel was the sixteenth of the California Missions to be founded, and it opened its doors in 1797. While the original church was destroyed, the current chapel was built in the early 1800’s and the mission itself is one of the most beautiful for the old style that is still on display […]