Category Archive: The Great Outdoors

Hiking, dirt bikes, RC, camping... anything & all things you can find us doing in The Great Outdoors!

More From The Wall

People who avoid the brick walls – all power to ya, but we all have to hit them sometimes in order to push through to the next level, to evolve. ~Jennifer Aniston It is time once again! More From The Wall- a Fly on the Wall Friday post! Today, eleven bloggers are inviting you to …

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The Less Than Grand Canyon

Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal. -George Will (All the pictures in this post were taken by The Handsome Prince his freshman year at NAU and rephotographed badly by me with his permission. Thanks …

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Snake Slap

Life’s full of tricky snakes and ladders. -Steven Patrick Morrissey I spend several hours each week hiking in our local mountains. I am particularly fond of Corriganville Park and the mile loop of amazing scenery it provides to clear my head and find inspiration. With Luc now homeschooling, we decided to incorporate our mutual love …

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The Mountains Are Calling

“It’s just nothing but rock, and there’s nothing to keep you from falling off the side.That’s why they call it the Devil’s Slide.” - Patricia Havens, a founding member of the Simi Valley Historical Society It is hard not to fall in love with the mountains and hills that surround Simi Valley, California. When I moved …

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In The Wild

Houston, we have ‘possum. We live squarely in suburbia. Tract houses in a planned community. Our carefully plotted rows of homes, on a semi quiet street, in our bubble, also happens to be surrounded by some of the most breathtaking mountains and open areas. It doesn’t feel like we live in the wild but more …

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Dump Date

I just need somewhere to dump all my negativity. -Van Morrison Wordless Wednesday- Dump Date Not the most traditional of dates but FREE dump day only comes twice per year! I’ll take a few extra hours alone with The Handsome Prince even if it means we’re making a dump date. Who knew knew a place …

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A Sandy Way To Spend A Day

The waves of the sea, help me get back to me. – Jill Davis Wordless Wednesday- A Sandy Way To Spend A Day  

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Normal Isn’t Normal

 Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others.   ~Robert Louis Stevenson    I like to think that I’m FEARLESS! In my mind I leap tall buildings, keep a spotless home and can do dang near anything I set my mind to. OK, so 1 outta 3 isn’t so bad. I have “The …

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A Malibu Birthday

At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun. For the Handsome Prince’s birthday dinner, he chose one of our favorite places… Malibu Seafood. We’ve been coming here together since we were in high school …

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Summers Are For…

“The other thing is quality of life; if you have a place where you can go and have a picnic with your family, it doesn’t matter if it’s a recession or not, you can include that in your quality of life.” – Jim Fowler Summer is here! Some may look at those long hot days …

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Abusing The Local Wildlife

 The opossum is a very sophisticated animal.  It doesn’t even get up until 5 or 6 PM.    In every relationship all tasks get divided. Here, we sometimes have a rousing game of rock paper scissors lizard Spock over who does the dishes tonight or yes, even a Boggle tournament to see who will be bringing …

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Where Did My Toilet Tent Go?!

Camping:  The art of getting closer to nature while getting farther away from the nearest cold beverage, hot shower and flush toilet.   ~Author Unknown I grew up with a love and respect for the outdoors. Camping was not top of my family’s priority list but I was very fortunate to be involved in a very …

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California City, Spring Break & Dirt Bikes… Oh My!

“If people focused on the important things in life, there’d be a shortage of dirt bikes.”  Last week, our kids had their Spring Break from school. I don’t recall break ever being this early before but we’re more than happy when they have days off. Vacation days means options. We LOVE to camp and have …

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Corriganville Park

” I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown for going out, I found, was really going in.” -John Muir    Put on your sneakers, grab your camera and come explore a piece of land that is far more than what it appears! I know, when people think …

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