Autumn arrived in Southern California and it’s cooler again. Leaves are changing colors in most parts of the country and it’s officially hiking season! It’s time to hit the trail with your four-legged best friend. If you are a beginner, here are some safety precautions you need to consider first: Your dog has a sturdy
Do you suffer from lower back pain and you never had a back injury? You are not alone. Lower back pain can be triggered by many different causes. Common causes include weak core, tight hips, and tight hamstrings. Practicing yoga regularly will help. Some of these are great after a hike to stretch out those
So you have noticed the elevation information in my hiking guides and may be wondering why do I need this information and what am I supposed to do with it? Simply, I am trying to share if it is a high-altitude hike or not. Hiking at 8,000 to 12,000 feet above sea level is considered
Some hikes start from a paved surface. For a popular hike, you may have to find parking away from the trail and walk on the asphalt to get to the trailhead. Just remember, if it’s too hot for you to walk barefoot, it’s too hot for your dog’s paw pads too. Pad burns can lead
When you hike in the high altitude (5,000 to 11,500 feet (1,524 to 3,505.2 m) above sea level), your body has to work harder. At higher altitudes, the air is thinner. There is less available oxygen and it becomes more difficult to breathe. However, the level of sensitivity to the high altitude is different from
It might be still snowing in Minnesota in April but here in Southern California, it’s already getting too warm for hiking with dogs when the sun is at the highest. I am already carrying Xena’s cooling vest, Swamp Cooler, in my backpack. Another item I carry during warmer months is a light cotton bandana. A
Your dog runs away as soon as you point your camera at his face. Yet, you dream of having beautiful photos of your adventure buddy in picture-perfect settings. You wonder, so how do others do it? It seems like an impossible task. It’s not easy to photograph a subject who runs away from the camera.