Category Archives: Adventures & Travel

Channel Islands by Beach Cat

The California Channel Islands lie 30 miles south of Santa Barbara. There are four islands, of which Santa Cruz island is probably the most accessible and interesting. I’d read a few posts on forums about people who had sailed over …

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Swimming in San Francisco Bay…

I used to marvel at people who’d go swimming in the Bay in the middle of the winter. Swimming with nothing but a swimsuit. I used to think they were crazy; now people think I am!

It didn’t happen overnight, …

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Singlehanding around the Farallones in a Santana 22

Yesterday, I finally knocked off a long standing goal of sailing around the Farallon Islands in a boat I built myself. – Well, kind of, Pip was a re-build, and I motored for a good chunk of the journey, but …

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Tips for driving into Mexico

Watching the news, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Mexico is the new Columbia : drug gangs ruling the streets; crooked cops looking for la mordida; armed robbers lying in wait for the first hapless tourists.

The state department has …

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Cycling Mexico’s Copper Canyons

In late 2011, we made a little road trip down Mexico’s Pacific Coast. On the way are the Copper Canyon’s, a series of deep gorges that cut through the Sierra Madre.

We ditched the car for five days and cycled …

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Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in Nicaragua

I’ve long since been a fan of Habitat for Humanity since my friend Dave went to Columbia in 2004 and single-handedly built a village. Last year, I found myself able to make a contribution too, and helped put together a …

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Packrafting the Cache Creek Wilderness

Cache Creek alongside Hwy 16 is well known destination for summer recreation. But upstream the road leaves the river, and beyond that is the Cache Creek wilderness, a little known and stunningly beautiful watershed.

Using the latest toy in my …

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Packrafting : The Escalante River in Utah

The latest weapon in my adventure arsenal is the ‘packraft’ and I couldn’t be more excited. In May we took them out for a first expedition down the Escalante River in Utah.

These lightweight, durable, inflatable bpats are made by …

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Review of the Hennessey Hammock

Last year, I bought a Hennessey Hammock. It’s a lightweight hammock supposedly suitable as a replacement for a tent. Initially I was a little skeptical; I camp out a lot, and my trusty North Face tent is one of my …

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