Backpacking the 20 Lakes Basin | Eastern Sierra

Backpacking the 20 Lakes Basin | Eastern Sierra

20 Lakes Basin | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Backpacking 20 Lakes Basin: Hike Details Starting Elevation: 10,000 ft. (trailhead official elevation, though my Garmin had us at 9,600) Distance: 9.5 miles (including a few wrong turns and some scouting near 

Hiking North Dome | Yosemite National Park

Hiking North Dome | Yosemite National Park

Hiking North Dome Yosemite| Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Spectacular views of Half Dome, Cloud’s Rest and Yosemite Valley make the hike to North Dome a must-do when visiting the Yosemite high country. This trail is seasonally accessible from Tioga Pass 

Exploring The Huntington Library | San Marino, California

Exploring The Huntington Library | San Marino, California

Exploring The Huntington Library | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Growing up, I spent a good chunk of my childhood in Pasadena. My mother grew up there and my grandparents lived in the same house until I was early into my 

California Road Trip: Los Angeles To San Francisco Drive

California Road Trip: Los Angeles To San Francisco Drive

Los Angeles to San Francisco Drive | Written by Brian Callender & Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd California is at its best along the coast. Rolling green hills come to an abrupt end and crumble into the ocean along an endless stretch of 

Yosemite Trip Planner

Yosemite Trip Planner

Yosemite Trip Planner | Words and Photos by Julie Boyd Everything you need to know about planning a trip to Yosemite National Park. This guide combines general information about planning your visit along with our recommendations based on years of visits to this special place.

Visiting Arches National Park in Winter

Visiting Arches National Park in Winter

Visiting Arches National Park in Winter| Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Arches National Park is famous for the approximately 2,000 arches located throughout the park, meaning you’ll be hard pressed to see them all in a single visit. A journey to 

Hiking Cathedral Lakes | Yosemite National Park

Hiking Cathedral Lakes | Yosemite National Park

Cathedral Lakes Yosemite | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd The hike to Cathedral Lakes had been high on our Yosemite list for the last few years and it’s easy to see why. Two alpine lakes, in the high country of Yosemite, 

Minaret Lake Hike | Mammoth, California

Minaret Lake Hike | Mammoth, California

Minaret Lake Hike | Words By Julie Boyd |Photos by Julie Boyd and Brian Callender Deep blue waters, nestled in an alpine basin, below craggy spires that seem too jagged to hold themselves up is the reward for the long trek up to Minaret Lake 

Hiking to Stanford Point | Yosemite National Park

Hiking to Stanford Point | Yosemite National Park

Stanford Point Yosemite | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Unrelenting. That’s the feeling that was mutually shared between Julie and I on the hike to Stanford Point. In fact, several times, I found myself wondering aloud, when had we hiked a 

Hiking to Colchuck Lake | Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Hiking to Colchuck Lake | Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd The Alpine Lakes Wilderness is a hiker’s paradise located in the state of Washington, about 2.5 hours east of Seattle. It is a place that has particularly hit my radar of late as I began to 

Hiking the Lakes Trail | Sequoia National Park

Hiking the Lakes Trail | Sequoia National Park

Hiking the Lakes Trail | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Sequoia National Park, well-known in part for its namesake giant trees, is also home to some fantastic alpine lakes. The Lakes Trail visits four such lakes: Heather, Aster, Emerald and Pear, 

Backpacking Big Pine Lakes | Temple Crag

Backpacking Big Pine Lakes | Temple Crag

Backpacking  to Big Pine Lakes| Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Hiking to Big Pine Lakes via the North Fork Trail of Big Pine Creek is a classic trip in the Eastern Sierra. This strenuous trail can be done as a long 

Hiking Vernal and Nevada Falls | Yosemite National Park

Hiking Vernal and Nevada Falls | Yosemite National Park

Hiking Vernal and Nevada Falls| Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd One of the premier hikes starting from Yosemite Valley, the hike to Vernal and Nevada Falls is a must-do when visiting the park. An incredibly popular trail thanks to its access 

Hiking Berry Creek Falls | Big Basin Waterfall Hike

Hiking Berry Creek Falls | Big Basin Waterfall Hike

Big Basin Waterfall Hike| Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Berry Creek Falls is a hidden gem nestled within Big Basin Redwood State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Hiking to the falls is the most popular activity in the park, so 

A Scenic Drive Through Monument Valley | Arizona

A Scenic Drive Through Monument Valley | Arizona

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Monument Valley is an iconic destination in the heart of the American Southwest. Chances are if you have seen an old Western film, Forrest Gump, Westworld, or any number of other movies, then you know Monument 

24 Hours in Page | Arizona

24 Hours in Page | Arizona

24 Hours in Page| Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd In what has quickly become an annual tradition, Julie and I hit the road at the end of December in search of adventures in the Southwest. With winter weather making most of 

Hiking Devil’s Bridge | Sedona, Arizona

Hiking Devil’s Bridge | Sedona, Arizona

Hiking Devil’s Bridge| Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd The hike to Devil’s Bridge in Sedona is a popular, short excursion that leads to a heavily photographed natural bridge. An arch formed below the bridge, is the largest naturally occurring one of 

Hiking Little Lakes Valley | Gem Lakes

Hiking Little Lakes Valley | Gem Lakes

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Little Lakes Valley sits just 45 minutes south of Mammoth and 50 minutes north of Bishop in the Eastern Sierra. This day hike quickly became one of our absolute favorites thanks to a collection of pristine 

Hiking to Heart Lake | Mount Shasta California

Hiking to Heart Lake | Mount Shasta California

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd In February, Julie and I set out to hike Castle Dome in Castle Crags State Park, and it quickly became one of our favorite hikes to date. At the tail end of that day, we made 

Hiking Lassen Peak | Lassen Volcanic National Park

Hiking Lassen Peak | Lassen Volcanic National Park

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Lassen Volcanic National Park, and a hike to its namesake peak, has been at the top of our list of places to visit in California for quite some time. Julie and I toyed with the idea 

A Weekend Road Trip to Redding & the Shasta Cascade Region

A Weekend Road Trip to Redding & the Shasta Cascade Region

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd This post was sponsored by Visit Redding, but all opinions are our own.  Since moving to Northern California in early 2017, the opportunity for new adventures has remained a constant in our lives. We push ourselves 

Hiking to Upper Gaylor Lakes | Yosemite National Park

Hiking to Upper Gaylor Lakes | Yosemite National Park

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Gaylor Lakes, a short hike accessible from the Tioga Road in Yosemite, had been on our to-do list for some time. We had planned to do an overnight backpacking trip to Vogelsang, and found Gaylor Lakes 

Trip Report | Visit Mount Rainier National Park

Trip Report | Visit Mount Rainier National Park

Visit Visit Mount Rainier| Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd When best laid plans fall through, improvisation is the spice of life. For a couple months leading up to our first wedding anniversary, Julie and I had been working through ideas of 

Hiking Mission Peak | Bay Area California

Hiking Mission Peak | Bay Area California

Hiking Mission Peak | Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd One of the things I miss the most about living in Southern California is the proximity to high altitude hikes in the San Gabriel Mountains. Sure, living in the Bay Area means 

Road Trip to Redwood National and State Parks

Road Trip to Redwood National and State Parks

Things to do in Redwood National Park | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd One of our favorite things about living in a different part of the state is the abundance of new opportunities for adventure. For the past year, Julie and 

Day Trip to Big Sur | California

Day Trip to Big Sur | California

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd Earlier this month Brian and I had a free weekend, so we decided to take a day trip to Big Sur since it is so close to our home in San Jose. Even though we have 

Hiking Mt. Tallac | Lake Tahoe, CA

Hiking Mt. Tallac | Lake Tahoe, CA

Hiking Mt. Tallac | Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd When we arrived in Lake Tahoe, I gazed at the snowy peaks and knew immediately that our plan for hiking Mt. Tallac would have to be saved for another trip. The snow 

Glacier Point Hike to Sentinel Dome and Taft Point | Yosemite National Park

Glacier Point Hike to Sentinel Dome and Taft Point | Yosemite National Park

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd & Brian Callender Working full-time jobs means we live for the weekend, and more importantly, our weekend adventures. In the little over one year that we have lived in Northern California, we have made every effort 

Yosemite Falls Hike to the Top in Winter | Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Falls Hike to the Top in Winter | Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Falls Hike to the Top| Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Yosemite is a magical place to visit anytime of year, but there’s something extra special about seeing the famous granite covered in a fresh layer of snow. Perhaps that lends 

Burney Falls Hike | Redding & Shasta-Cascade

Burney Falls Hike | Redding & Shasta-Cascade

Burney Falls Hike | Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd California is home to a wide variety of natural wonders, and perhaps one of the finest examples is Burney Falls. Located in the northernmost part of the state and within the Shasta-Trinity