Posts made in October, 2012

Hike 15 – Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak

Posted by on Oct 20, 2012 in Blog, The Hikes | 0 comments

Hike 15 – Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak

While spending a week in Los Angeles for the private screening of Mile… Mile & A Half, a documentary about the John Muir Trail that I worked on, I had a chance to go hiking on one of my favorite trails of the Los Angeles area: Mishe Mokwa Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains. I really enjoy this trail for all that it offers, even if the views of the valleys and the ocean are hidden behind a marine layer. Six miles of beauty that only the Santa Monica Mountains can offer. Jason Fitzgerald, co-director and director of photography of the documentary, was kind enough to join me on the...

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Hike 14 – Stough Canyon

Posted by on Oct 19, 2012 in Blog, The Hikes | 0 comments

Hike 14 – Stough Canyon

I was invited down to Los Angeles for the private screening of the documentary I worked on, Mile… Mile & a Half. While there for a few days, I had the opportunity to do two hikes. This was the first of the two. I lived in Southern California for decades, long enough to know first hand many of the fine trails SoCal has to offer, and long enough to know that there’s always a new trail to discover. Ric Serena, Co-Director and DP of the film, invited me to the trail near his house in Burbank that he frequents: Stough Canyon. My first thought on the trail was,...

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Hike 13 – Smith Rock State Park

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Blog, The Hikes | 0 comments

Hike 13 – Smith Rock State Park

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the hardest part of a day hike is finding the motivation to get to the trailhead. For this hike, it took me a good part of the day to find enough motivation to drive north to Smith Rock State Park near Terrebonne, Oregon. Once I was there, I raced the sun to hike as much of the 10+ miles of trails the park offers. I parked at the “turn around parking area” at 4:30pm and headed down to the Crooked River via the Homestead Trail. I’ve found that access to the river from this trailhead is a lot less crowded than by taking...

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Hike 12 – Opal Creek Ancient Forest

Posted by on Oct 15, 2012 in Blog, The Hikes | 2 comments

Hike 12 – Opal Creek Ancient Forest

As I returned to my car after this hike, I was soaked to the bone. In fact, everything I carried with me was wet. The pages of my journal were rippling, my camera had fogged the lens with condensation and stopped working.* My iPhone wasn’t doing well either, having been used to take photos after my camera’s untimely death. It abruptly shut off. So why was it that I was beaming a toothy smile? When I go on a hike, I hope to have at least one magical moment: that fleeting few seconds or minutes when I connect with the nature around me. It could be as simple as a hoot from an owl...

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Hike 11 – Shevlin Park II

Posted by on Oct 8, 2012 in Blog, The Hikes | 0 comments

Hike 11 – Shevlin Park II

I’ve already blogged about Shevlin Park (hike#3), you might recall. On that hike, most of it was through the dark using a headlamp. Not the best type of hike to take a lot of photos. Therefore, I’ll make up for that photo-light entry with this photo-heavy entry! (If you want more info on Shevlin Park, check out Hike #3.) I have been struggling to get out and hike as of late. So many distractions and activities had been pushed up onto my priority list. I hoped not to repeat locations for my 100 Hikes Project, but when it boils right down, getting outside and exercising is more...

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