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Snorkel / Scuba Catalina Island, CA

Snorkel / Scuba Catalina Island, CA

fiftyclassicsNovember 24, 20202 min read

Snorkel at the Underwater Dive Park at Catalina Wow, this shot from my plane looks like the Bahamas, only much colder water. Those of us not living near Southern California…

Flying Hand-wash Stations into the Navajo Nation

Flying Hand-wash Stations into the Navajo Nation

fiftyclassicsNovember 24, 20205 min read

Not a family adventure but my own effort to help during the Covid pandemic This is a family adventure blog but occasionally I’ll post something else, usually for two reasons.…

Black Sand Beach Adventure in California

Black Sand Beach Adventure in California

fiftyclassicsNovember 23, 20202 min read

A hike on a real black sand beach in a remote corner of Northern California Guarded by a long, steep and winding road, Shelter Cove California is home to a…

The Incomparable Sky Pond Hike: RMNP

The Incomparable Sky Pond Hike: RMNP

fiftyclassicsNovember 23, 20202 min read

A stunning hike / scramble with a predawn start to Rocky Mountain National Park’s Sky Pond The trek from Glacier Gorge trailhead to Sky Pond is one of the best…

The Hobbit Hole: Easy Slot Canyoneering for Kids in Zion NP

The Hobbit Hole: Easy Slot Canyoneering for Kids in Zion NP

fiftyclassicsNovember 21, 20203 min read

An under-the-radar five minute walk, two hour exploration easy enough for kids in Zion National Park. The last post (The Subway in Zion) was a pretty difficult Zion slot canyon…

Finding the Elusive Subway in Zion

Finding the Elusive Subway in Zion

fiftyclassicsNovember 20, 20203 min read

A technical canyoneering descent to visit the famous Subway slot canyon Prerequisites: One party MUST be very proficient at rappelling and basic canyoneering – enough so not only for them…

Hike the Waterfall Trail in Bend, OR.

Hike the Waterfall Trail in Bend, OR.

fiftyclassicsNovember 20, 20201 min read

Beautiful Waterfalls for an easy two mile hike, or make it a more challenging seven mile loop. Bend Oregon is a fantastic area for a family vacation. Hiking, boating, climbing,…

Hike and Stay at Robbs Mountain Hut, Lake Tahoe

Hike and Stay at Robbs Mountain Hut, Lake Tahoe

fiftyclassicsNovember 19, 20202 min read

A summer drive, fall hike or winter ski into a decommissioned but refurbished fire lookout in the Crystal Basin near Lake Tahoe. Location: Off Ice House Rd. in the Crystal…

The Best Ebike Ride East Side of the Sierras

The Best Ebike Ride East Side of the Sierras

fiftyclassicsNovember 19, 20202 min read

An eMTB bike ride near Bridgeport, California best done in spring or fall Location: Green Creek Road, Bridgeport, CA Ebikes are known to be the “great equalizer” in allowing kids,…

Climbing Tenaya Peak, Yosemite NP

Climbing Tenaya Peak, Yosemite NP

fiftyclassicsNovember 18, 20202 min read

One of the Best Easy Multi-pitch Rock Climbs for Adventurous Kids This is a 14 pitch 5.5 rock climb situated high above Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite. Serious? Yes. Tremendously fun?…

Hiking Tom’s Thumb, Arizona

Hiking Tom’s Thumb, Arizona

fiftyclassicsNovember 18, 20201 min read

A Beautiful “Cactus” hike in Scottsdale Arizona This a four mile round trip 1,300 foot elevation gain hike in the desert outside Scottsdale. Location: North east of Scottsdale Arizona in…

Scrambling Cathedral Wash, Grand Canyon

Scrambling Cathedral Wash, Grand Canyon

fiftyclassicsNovember 18, 20202 min read

A Puzzle-solving Scramble Down a Slot Canyon to the Colorado River This is actually an easy hike that quickly turns into a difficult journey, traveling a few miles down a…

Paddling Elkhorn Slough, CA

Paddling Elkhorn Slough, CA

fiftyclassicsNovember 17, 20201 min read

Lots of Otters. Enough Said. An easy paddle around the corner and into the slough to visit otters and sea lions. This is rated easy because you can rent a…

Hiking Crocker Point, Yosemite NP

Hiking Crocker Point, Yosemite NP

fiftyclassicsNovember 17, 20202 min read

Under-the-radar Hike to Uncrowded but Spectacular Viewpoint An under-the-radar hike in Yosemite that avoids the crowds, yet still affords a killer view. Nine miles roundtrip with a 1,700 foot gain.…

Mountain Biking Huff and Puff, Northern CA

Mountain Biking Huff and Puff, Northern CA

fiftyclassicsNovember 17, 20202 min read

One of the Best Downhill Mountain Bike Rides in the USA Moderate mountain biking trail in downhill difficulty. Long uphill on a gravel road at 10 miles and 4,000 feet…

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