Sunday, May 25, 2008

How often do you camp?

A question you might not hear often. But as a professional camper I get it all the time. When I was in the midst of my stressful city career, I would escape Los Angeles every chance I got, which was usually every weekend.

Several times per month I would be off exploring some Sierra dirt roads, playing in the Wilderness, waiting until the last possible moment to return home (SUNDAY night 10pm).

Many choose their addictions carelessly. I consider myself a camp-o-holic, as my love for outdoors is so strong, that I created an entire business around it. At the peak of my adventure days I was camping about 20 trips per year. Deserts in the winters, mountains in the summer.

Total Escape Adventures, the guided trips division, has lead up to 280 people per year out camping Baja or California. We took a break in 2007, but now we are offering road trips again.

Monday, May 19, 2008

How do you find these places?

This is one of the top questions I get when discussing my travels.

That rare secluded beach camp with whole sand dollars at the shore; the private wildflower meadow at the end of the dirt road in the High Sierra; the fern lined, boulder creek camp with swimming hole & a perfect hammock spot.

For the past decade I have driven around the state of California (& some Baja) researching & visiting unheard of destinations, taking notes, taking photos, way pointing my GPS, and serving it up to you, my loyal Escapers. My passion is outdoors and I want you to experience the best way possible.

You need to understand a few things about me, DanaMite.
I have more free time to browse photos and study topo maps than your average American, due to the fact that I:
a.) am not a mother
b.) am not someones wife
c.) do not own a television
d.) am obsessed w/ outdoors

While the first 2 items amaze common folk, the third really sends them into a frenzy. No T.V. yes, you heard right! The boob tube will kill any critical thinking skills, if you had them in the first place.

No commuting and shopping addiction, I choose to spend plenty of time to work on my home biz, study books, gaze at travel brochures, millions of photos, internet web sites and most importantly MAPS.

Topo and back road maps are the key to finding the best places to vacation in the Wilderness areas of California. If you wanna stay well away from the tourists this summer, you can start with the Total Escape photos on flickr, check out the back road page & then order some maps online.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Pine Mountain Lilac Festival

Mountain Lilac in White
Originally uploaded by danamight
Looking for something to do - close to L.A., next weekend?

It's springtime in the mountains of California. Hike, bike, picnic.

California Wilderness Festivals are few & far in between. The warmth of May brings new energy as the growth cycle continues. Pine Mountain Club host yet another mountain festival, the popular Lilac Festival will be next weekend.

SAT/SUN - MAY 17th & 18th

Live music, arts, crafts, food & greasy fair food outdoors. Car clubs always welcomed. 4x4 trail run on Quatal Canyon Sunday @ Sundown. Meet: Toad Springs Camp.

Drive Los Padres back roads: Cerro Noroeste Road, Hwy 33, Highway 166 & beyond

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Sequoia Map


If you are searching for maps on the mighty Sequoia region of California, we may be able to help here at Total Escape. First, decide what park or forest. There are up more than 6 'agencies' managing our Giant Sequoia Trees in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. See the list below w/ maps.

Big, Old, Huge, Tall Trees : overview page for the Redwoods on the California North Coast, the Sequoia of the Sierra Nevada mountains and the oldest trees, the Ancient Bristlecone Pines over on the east side.

Sierra Nevada SEQUOIA GROVES can be found in:

Sequoia National Forest
Sequoia National Park
Kings Canyon National Park
Yosemite National Park
Mountain Home State Forest
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Giant Sequoia National Monument

printed on polypropylene plastic, waterproof maps, tear-resistant, recyclable

Sequoia National Forest Map USDA

Sequoia National Park Map (NatGeo)
Sequoia / Kings Canyon Map (Tom Harrison)

Sierra National Forest Map USDA
Sierra Forest Map (Tom Harrison)
Yosemite National Park Map (Tom Harrison)