Malibu Creek State Park

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Malibu Creek State Park is a gorgeous, year-round place to hike in the Santa Monica mountains. Visit in the winter and spring for beautiful green grasses and cool temps. Come in the summer when the heat in the Valley is unbearable for a dip in its cool waters. Return in the fall for a final hike before the winter rains. If hiking isn’t enough of a draw, the park used to be owned by a film studio and movie stars like Bob Hope and President Reagan and served as backdrop to many movies and TV shows. In fact one of the days I visited, a movie was being shot. Nothing like hiking past actors made up to be plane crash victims. Keep reading to find out which shows you can step into the background of.

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The Wondrous Tree Carvings of the Lonely Basque

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One drizzly summer day, my friend and I hiked a lovely and lonely trail in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. The only person we ran into on the way down was an old man still spritely making his way up. We stopped to talk—always eager to share and learn tips of the trail.

“Have you heard of arborglyphs,” he asked us.

We shook our head no. He proceeded to give us a brief lesson in one of the most interesting bits of history I’ve learned about the mountains and very vague instructions on where to find one.

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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is a 1.9 million-acre secret in southern Utah. Not quite sure how it’s remained so hidden but I’ve lived in Utah my entire life and barely knew about it. But within its vast borders are more slot canyons than you can swing a cat at. It has replaced Zion as my new favorite red rock area. Continue reading “Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument”

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