Mr. Squirrel

Growing up in the San Bernardino Mountains I always spotted many grey squirrels flitting around in the trees. However, their numbers have decreased over the last few years due to notoedric mange. Hopefully their numbers will recover soon, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a few squirrels in a park here in the Inland Valley. The squirrels up in the mountains would always scamper away if I tried to get their picture, but this squirrel actually stayed when I told him not to move so I could capture that picture. I think the squirrel sensed I meant no harm, and wanted his photograph.

A beautiful little gre squirrel.
A beautiful little grey squirrel.
Spotted A Squirrel
I was walking as I spotted a squirrel at the base of the tree. He moved to the other side.
The Squirrel Looked At Me
The squirrel looked at me, and we made eye contact.
The squirrel is climbing up the tree trunk.
The squirrel is climbing up the tree trunk.
Another view of the squirrel running up the tree.
Another view of the squirrel running up the tree.

U Is For Walking Up The Hills

In Southern California I have walked up many hills due to our mountainous and desert like topography. Here is one local hill I always enjoyed walking up.

Walking uphill at a local park is stimulating and fun exercise.
Walking uphill at a local park is stimulating and fun exercise.

Some people think you must go to the gym to get exercise, but I am all about getting out and about to enjoy nature while being active. The benefit of walking up local hills is that this is a work out that will not cost a dime, and you can see birds and other native plants like I did in this vlog I created last June.

Throwback Thursday With Death Valley And A Donkey

Donkey In Death Valley
A donkey I spotted during a car trip in Death Valley, California.


This month in 1993 my family decided to take a road trip to Death Valley, California. This was the second time I had visited the national park, which at the time I was not overly excited about. Now I am glad I had the opportunity to camp near Schwab Ghost Town, and go on hikes around the charcoal kilns in Wildrose Canyon. I have not been back to Death Valley since my trip twenty-two years ago, but the video below shows a bit of my trip via photographs I took in April of 1993.

H Is For Hiking

Here is a fallen tree I cam across during a hike up in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Here is a fallen tree I came across during a hike up in the San Bernardino Mountains.

Hiking is one of my favorite things, and I love that there are many trails all around Southern California. I have shared in earlier posts I do not believe you must have a gym membership to be active and healthy, and this is something I came to realize as a pedestrian and bicyclist. One thing people find surprising about me is I hate to drive, so I have never done it. When I was younger people kept asking me when I was going to start driving, and I finally got to the point I told them I do not plan on ever being behind the wheel.

A couple of years ago I started commuting on a bicycle, which cuts down travel time, but I still love to walk. In my free time I like to go for walks around the city, and hikes on nature trails. This spring I truly need to go for more hikes, and the nearby hills are calling my name. I wish I could go hiking in the San Bernardino Mountains more often, but when I am not up there the local trails here in the Inland Valley will suffice.

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Here is a video showing my trek up a steep trail. I even found a prickly pear cactus along the way. This video illustrates how there are hiking trails near the city, and you just have to search for these on Google maps.