Hang With The Locals!

This area of the beach is much better than the area by the resorts. I stayed at a nearby hostel and made some local friends almost immediately. There is a great bar around the corner serving up wonderful mojitos! This was such an amazing experience!

Stayed At Hostel

The hostel right on the premises was extremely convenient and affordable. Having access to this green space (pictured) and the fisherman’s wharf and other areas attractions was extremely clutch.

Great Hike

Sorry for the generic title. This really was a great hike with wonderful views. Though beware of the times you go to or look in the direction of Baker beach. You’ll catch an eye full of old white naked butts and nuts. Other than that, the views if the bridge are sensational.

Trail Run

This was a beautiful run. I ran into a coyote that I scared senseless.

Nude Beach

The beach area is amazing. Depending on the time you go, you may see a bunch of old naked white dudes enjoying life. Enjoy!

Relaxing

Chill beach area.

Get Ready To Sweat

The sand stairs are a riot!! Running up and down the stairs are a great workout.

Safe Urban Camping

Ive Camped here multiple times. I cant believe there is access like this to camping in such a big city. People like to talk about the homeless coming into the campground a lot, but I’ve never had that problem. The park’s staff does a great job at not letting homeless people loiter, especially when you are camping.

Oasis In the City

This is a beautiful area. Walking through the m eucalyptus trees in the morning while the fog is heavy is extremely therapeutic. Camping here is great. I cant believe there is access like this to camping in such a big city. People like to talk about the homeless coming into the campground a lot, but I’ve never had that problem. The park’s staff does a great job at not letting homeless people loiter, especially when you are camping.

My Run Hill

This is my go-to running spot in the city. There are a lot if different paths that cut differently across the hill so you can get a great work out in while running different combinations of paths as to not become “bored”. Regardless, the views are sick.

Beautiful And Extremely Convenient

The quintessential Yosemite Valley Hike. You will be enjoying this hike with 2 or 3 Charter buses full of Asians taking photos of everything. You are in the states, but to me it felt like a cultural immersion. I think I went during a popular time of year.

Epic Rockslide!

Making a long story short. I was in Yosemite for a discussion on diversity and inclusion with non-profits, government agencies, and outdoor recreational leaders. On our second night camping, a thunderous rock slide occurred that echoed through the entire park. It was by far one of the most bone-chilling and amazing moments I ever had camping. And I’m pretty sure the guy who base jumps with his dog died while we were there. He wasn’t affiliated with my group and i found out later after his death was broadcast by the outdoor industry.

Awesome Trail Run!

This was a beautiful and breath taking run (literally!)

Environmental Traveling Companions

Such an amazing 7 days. The jellyfish bouncing off the boat, sting rays zooming beneath, seals waving hi, spying on Tule Elk, getting spied on by Foxes, watching Pelicans, Osprey, Gulls and Herons fish, and fighting off Raccoons. This was a hell of an adventure. The name of the place escapes me, but there is an Oyster Bar across the Bay. I ate at least 30 raw oysters when we stopped their on our return trip by kayak.

Family Tradition

For over a decade, every New Years my family and I would go to the resorts in Williamsburg and relax and shop. Visiting the colonial historic area became a tradition.

Tons Of Great Campsites!

I did a week long canoeing and camping adventure here. It was a wonderful time with friends. The worst part when you canoe here is that there are times when some motorists on the lake are ass holes and create giant wakes for you to have to paddle through. Oh yea, like my title says, the campsites are sweet. We put sheets up around the pit toilets to create “privacy.”

The Confluence!

I can’t rate the hike, but I can rate how beautiful the confluence is. I arrived by boat with Canyon Explorations. The Fall isn’t a good time to go, the water is brown and red (still beautiful.) Went in the spring and couldn’t believe how blue the water was. The travertine (I think that is the mineral’s name) in the Little Colorado gives it this crazy blue color which looks magical when it mixes with the main Colorado River.

Sweet View Of The River

Every rafting trip stops here for this beautiful view. Been to this location twice with Canyon Exploration based out of Flagstaff. The granaries are cool and historic but the hike up is the fun part.

Wilderness Inquiry Base Camp

My first time this far up north was thanks to Wilderness Inquiry. Early Spring here with the snow knee deep, or the Fall with the beautiful foliage was an amazing time. The base camp has a main pavilion area and multiple tent platforms, and great outhouses. Not only that, they have a fleet of kayaks and canoes to explore Lake Superior’s ship wrecks, sea caves and the Apostle Islands. The lake is about a 15-20 minute walk away. Check them out —-> https://www.wildernessinquiry.org/

Beautiful Pit Stop

This is literally right off the highway! Extremely accessible and convenient.

The Confluence!

This hike is great! The view when you get to the Confluence of the Mississippi River and the Minnesota River mixing may not be extremely exciting, but I think its cool to see two vary different colors of the river mixing.

A Must During The Spring

The sheer power and sight of the waterfall is insane. But don’t just stop there, check out the trails.The vegetation near the boardwalk portion of the trail is a sight to be scene. And I’ve never been, but I’ve heard wonderful things about the seafood restaurant right near the restaurant.

Walking “Across” The Mississippi River

Its an ok experience. I think for kids and nature dweebs this is a 5 star experience. I rate it a 3. To say “I walked across the Mississippi River”, is cool I guess. The real 5 star experience is creek stomping from the Headwaters area for as far as you can safely go down the river. Its a blast to do. That and canoeing and camping on the state parks property. Plus, the call of the loons on a starry night are also an amazing experience during the spring.

My Favorite Route

This was my favorite route when I lived in Minneapolis. I always started at East River Flats by the university row house. Running down river - the route is pretty beautiful with some unpaved paths. Soon as you get to Franklin Bridge, its back to sidewalk running, unless you start scrambling (I don’t recommend.) For the short loop, you cross the bridge here to the west side of the river and star running back upstream along the river. The natural paths on the west side are extremely beautiful since you’re running through a floodplain. For a long route, I usually continue running until I hit the Ford damn, then cross the bridge and continue running on the west side of the river heading upstream and crossing the bridge by the Weisman Museum back to the east side of the river. A nice giant loop.