Hiking Sedona Under the Sun and Stars

October 2020

In 2020 I visited Sedona, AZ for the first time. Socially-distanced hikes were easy, as daytime heat kept many tourists away. The views were worth the effort.

Sunset Atop Cerro San Luis

May 2020

Rarely have I enjoyed scenery on a hike as much as my sunset trip to the summit of this mountain in San Luis Obispo. This evening was a great way to start hiking in the area.

Hike Up to See a Sundown at Mission Peak

February 2020

A compilation of photos I shot during an amazing evening atop Mission Peak.

New Video Gear at the Giants’ Feet

October 2019

Video with a new app, a new gimbal, and a semi-new lens didn’t quite pan out. But a few hours along the mile-long Redwood Loop Trail puts things in perspective. It’s easy to feel small at the feet of giants.

Trails at Skyline and Nine

August 2019

Two dayhikes, a week apart, took me through four parks and preserves at the intersection of California Highway 9 and Skyline Boulevard. The next weekend I returned for a dramatic sunset.

The Thatching Ants

July 2019

I didn’t expect this newly-opened preserve, an easy drive from San Jose, to have up to 40,000 hikers.

Calories Up, Caution Down

June 2019

What started as a cloudy day turned mostly clear as I hiked to the top of Mission Peak Regional Preserve.

A Good Day to Sleep Late and Hike

June 2019

In June 2019 I joined a Bay-area-based hiking meetup called “Sleep Late and Hike.” We met at one of my favorite state parks for a 10.5 mile hike to Maple Falls and back. Seven hours later we’d hiked closer to 13 miles, then returned to Aptos, CA for a festive dinner.

A Lonely Highway

May 2019

In May I walked down an old section of Highway 1 that’s set aside for pedestrians and cyclists. Meandering a mile and a half down the highway provides plenty of hazy ocean views, geology lessons, steady wind, and the graffitied remains of a World War II-era bunker.

Floating on the Wind

April 2019

Ed Levin County Park provided many views, not always on the ground. Paragliders and sweeping Bay Area views made this a memorable hike.