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Diane's Big Adventures

Diane's Big Adventures

South Fork Memorial Day adventure to try and meet a woman thru-hiking the Condor Trail

2015-05-26
Memorial day weekend TrailHacker and I hiked out to South Fork to bring a resupply package to a woman attempting to thru-hike the Condor Trail…

3-day solo hike Pine Mtn. Lodge - Cedar Creek - Johnston Ridge - Sespe Loop

2015-03-29
I did a 3 day walk this weekend. A little solo jaunt through the Sespe Wilderness. I put up pictures and the whole story here. Me next t…

Hike to Blue Peak

2015-03-22
Blue Peak is a pointy peak you can see at the top of Romero Canyon Trail. It has a USGS marker at the summit. To get there we hiked up Romero …

The wildflowers are blooming

2015-03-05
Tony and I have seen a lot of wildflowers already in just February. Today I got the first Figueroa Mountain Wildflower report. It's time t…

Spring has sprung early

2015-02-15
TrailHacker, a friend of ours named Paul and I went for a quick overnighter on the Manzana Trail. Our plan was Ray's Camp but someone had …

Divide Peak in the Rain

2015-01-11
We went on the Sierra Club hike to Divide Peak. It rained. Climbing Monte Arrido Trail in the rain We grabbed some rain gear before we…

Have you seen Wild?

2014-12-21
I have been asked if I have read Wild a million times and once the movie came out, I knew I had to see it pretty quickly because I will be ask…

Hiking in Kauai

2014-11-30
I was very fortunate to go to Kauai. Of course, behing a hiking gal, I had to hike all over Kauai. I have to say, other than how gorgeous the …

Thru-hiking the front country trails of Santa Barbara

2014-11-02
The annual Sierra Club Ultimate Hike was successfully completed yesterday. This hike is also called the 9 Trails. It connects trails from Jesu…

Killer hike to Arlington Peak

2014-09-07
Today in the blazing heat we hiked to Arlington Peak. The hike is described as Cathedral Peak here on this site. There are times I do this hik…

Flores Peak

2014-09-01
Despite having this website, I have not hiked every single trail in Santa Barbara. There are just too many of them. Plus I have my own favorit…

Wettest drought?

2014-08-03
This has to be the wettest drought summer ever. We went hiking today and again it rained. It was awesome, though. Big fat drops, the air was w…

Go-lite umbrella used twice today in Fish Canyon

2014-07-27
Today we hiked to Fish Creek. We went up the canyon from the camp to a hole that still had deep, cold water and lots of fish. This hole was ab…

Trail Pass to Bishop Pass on the PCT

2014-06-14
I just returned from a 7 day trip in the Sierras on the PCT between Trail Pass (Horseshoe Meadow) and Bishop Pass. In 2008 when I started hiki…

Franklin Trail from Juncal Campground

2014-05-25
On a lovely, foggy Memorial Day weekend Saturday, we hiked the Franklin Trail starting from the old defunct Juncal Campground. Being behind th…

Quickie Overnighter Shakedown

2014-05-11
We are planning a trip to the Sierras soon and wanted to do a quickie overnigher shakedown hike to test some gear and food. So we pulled a Rik…

Blue Peak

2014-03-30
Today we did a hike up to Blue Peak. Blue Peak overlooks Blue Canyon and the Romero Trail. It's the very pointy peak you can see as you dr…

Road damage

2014-03-02
I got this message from Bryan Conant during our recent rain storm. Please see the County Road Closure page and the USFS Alerts and Notices pag…

Hiker Trash Party

2014-02-24
I went to a party at Shroomer's house. Shroomer is Scott Williams, a soon-to-be triple-crowner. PCT, CDT and AT. The AT is the one he need…

I got an award for being a volunteer

2014-01-25
Today I went to the annual Volunteer Wilderness Rangers training and awards ceremony. Lots of participants There were many epic beards. …

Three day weekend on Ocean View Trail

2014-01-20
This weekend TrailHacker and I went to the Ocean View Trail to see how the progress is going on it. We hadn't been here in a while.We were…

Lost Valley Trail is trying to kill me

2014-01-13
The Lost Valley Trail has been trying to kill me for more than 10 years. Long ago TrailHacker and I were hiking when we heard loud popping …

Late December Lonnie Davis and Big Cone Spruce

2013-12-31
I took a solo trip to Lonnie Davis and Big Cone Spruce the last 3 days of the year. The weather was unseasonably warm. The Manzana is dry unti…

Annual Topatopa party

2013-12-08
Or also known as Hot Cocoa Cocoa on top of Topatopa. One day after a storm dumped a little snow at elevation we did our annual Topatopa…

The Ultimate Hike

2013-12-01
Every year we do a hike called the "Ultimate Hike." It's the 9 trails hike. I guess there are actually 10 trails. Jesusita Trail…

The Franklin Trail

2013-11-11
Today TrailHacker and I decided to check out Franklin Trail in Carpinteria. We have done the Franklin Trail from the Santa Ynez side and I h…

Glacier National Park

2013-09-02
I finally put up pictures from my two-week backpack trip through Glacier National Park. We were there the 2nd half of August. It was a great …

Backpacking yogurt

2013-08-04
Few things are more disappointing than powdered milk. Even if you get Nido, which is the best powdered milk (you can find this at Santa Cruz M…

Hot day on Cathedral Peak

2013-07-14
On Sunday we set out at around 8:30 to climb Cathedral Peak, hoping to beat some of the heat. This was the first time climbing to the peak whe…

How to dehydrate sweet potatoes (and other starchy things)

2013-06-02
I make my own backpacking food. I eat a paleo diet, too and I often go cookless. I learned how to do this on my trip to the Winds from some CD…