On “Wild,” the Pacific Crest Trail (In My Own Backyard!)

Cheryl Strayed’s book “Wild” is getting released this week as a movie starring Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl [1]. I read “Wild” when it came out, it was part of my 2012 one book a month goal. I found Strayed’s book enrapturing (Strayed is not her real name, but rather the one she chose to authorContinue reading “On “Wild,” the Pacific Crest Trail (In My Own Backyard!)”

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The Astonishing Miracles of The Antelope Valley

I have gone all over the West Coast and the US, interacted with all sorts of people and have been inspired by the places I have visited. I have travelled abroad, visiting places on my way to Pakistan, all of which has been amazing. I imagined from these experiences that “adventure” and “inspiration” weren’t toContinue reading “The Astonishing Miracles of The Antelope Valley”

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Saddleback Butte: Lonely Sunrises

Scrambling up a steep side of the Butte, I fumble for footing on the scree that made up the trail near the top of Saddleback Butte. The trail was simple enough until the summit came. The dark made it harder, but the sliver of light had appeared on the horizon, and I felt an urgent needContinue reading “Saddleback Butte: Lonely Sunrises”

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Vasquez Rocks: Making Off Like a Bandido

Going hiking is like visiting ghosts, I get lots of time to reflect on the past. This Saturday I visited California’s most notorious (yet little known!?!) bandit ghost-Tiburcio Vasquez. Vásquez pulled the race card, claiming that he was driven to commit his crimes because of norteamericanos discrimination against the Californios. He even went so far as insisting that he was a defender ofContinue reading “Vasquez Rocks: Making Off Like a Bandido”

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Poppy Fields: The Rambling Trail

“When you start walking toward something, remember that you eventually have to go back the way you came.” ~Me Past my front yard, out to the north-northwesterly direction, the hills are turning a rusty orange color. The entire desert has actually turned green, but that orange, only meant one thing: California’s state flower, the poppy, had got itsContinue reading “Poppy Fields: The Rambling Trail”

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“Passports? We don’t need no stinkin’ passports!”

I went across this great nation, and I didn’t need a passport once, well, not true, but thats another story. The line from The Treasure of Sierra Madre resonates, “why travel with a stinky passport when you don’t need one?”  And you don’t need one to travel within the United States, which for the longestContinue reading ““Passports? We don’t need no stinkin’ passports!””

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Friday Roundup- Week 7

Friday Khutbah Since I am doing this a few days after “Friday” I really don’t have much to say about the Khutbah (though I may have also missed it, possibly, most likely). Blog in Review For updates on my San Francisco trip- if anyone is interested in reading the review- Hotel Vertigo.  For the full MuirContinue reading “Friday Roundup- Week 7”

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San Francisco Trip- Muir Woods and Nike+ Sports Watch Review

As someone trying to get healthy and back into shape and a techy, I found a new play thing that is trifecta: the Nike+Sport Watch GPS.  Retailing around $200, I think I have squeezed every single penny worth and sweated ten times that much.  The watch has a built in GPS and makes me appreciateContinue reading “San Francisco Trip- Muir Woods and Nike+ Sports Watch Review”

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Interesting Intersections- Muir Woods, United Nations and San Francisco

So part of my trip took place close to the 72nd anniversary of the United Nations charter being approved. Interstingly enough that auspicious interntational meeting took place in San Francisco and the city has an entire plaza dedicated to it. The plaza is part of the Civic Center in downtown, at its center is a wonderfulContinue reading “Interesting Intersections- Muir Woods, United Nations and San Francisco”

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Hotel Vertigo- A Trendy Historic Place to Stay

I was in San Francisco for the past five days and for a portion I stayed at this hip little hotel called Hotel Vertigo.  For starters I will from now on refer to the San Francisco as “the city” because that what locals call it, as I quickly learned from locals while tweeting.  But backContinue reading “Hotel Vertigo- A Trendy Historic Place to Stay”

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