Tandem Paragliding with Friends

Tandem Paragliding with Friends

When friends are in town, I offer to take them up for a tandem paragliding flight. A longtime friend of mine was visiting from Canada and jumped at the chance. So we headed out to San Bernardino and soared around for a good 45 min. The weather was decent for the time of year, but we were not able to get much over a thousand feet above launch. Still a fun day! Checkout the Tandem Flight **Disclaimer: Paragliding is a dangerous…

Read More Read More

How to Spend 4 Days in New Orleans

How to Spend 4 Days in New Orleans

Swinging a Big Easy Stopover New Orleans has been on our bucket list for a while. We finally had the chance to visit after the winter holidays by arranging a detour on our way back to California from the East Coast. Read up on our 4 days in New Orleans to get our recommendations for where to go, what to see, and how to best stuff your face. Note: our itinerary excludes day trips to popular attractions outside the city…

Read More Read More

Canyoneering Keyhole – Zion National Park

Canyoneering Keyhole – Zion National Park

Tackling A Classic Beginner Canyon: Keyhole Canyon For our last adventure in Zion, we ran Keyhole Canyon. It was a little hard to get motivated after running The Subway and Pine Creek, respectively, the previous 2 days. Fortunately, Keyhole is arguably the easiest, shortest canyon in the park. So we didn’t feel like committing to doing it would be a mistake we would regret for long. After picking up our permit, we drove to the start/end location for the canyon. (The…

Read More Read More

Canyoneering Pine Creek – Zion National Park

Canyoneering Pine Creek – Zion National Park

Heading To Pine Creek The day after we ran The Subway, we dropped into Pine Creek, another iconic Zion National Park canyon. We finished The Subway after the Visitor Center was closed, so we had to wait until the next morning to grab our Pine Creek permit. That was fine by us. We did not mind sleeping in a little to recover from the previous 10-mile day. At 9 am, we parked our car at the entry point for Pine Creek,…

Read More Read More

Canyoneering The Subway (Russell Gulch) – Zion National Park

Canyoneering The Subway (Russell Gulch) – Zion National Park

A Long Weekend In Zion Ms. Fool and I decided to take a long weekend to run some classic Zion National Park canyons. First up was The Subway via Russell Gulch. We packed up all of our gear, picked up a friend at LAX, then headed north, arriving in Zion at around 1 pm.  After retrieving our canyoneering permits from the wilderness permit desk, we decided to make the most of the daylight by hiking Angels Landing. Angels Landing is an…

Read More Read More

Canyoneering Gear

Canyoneering Gear

While preparing for our next canyoneering trip, we put together a list of our main gear. It’s a lot of stuff once you see it spread out on the floor. You might not think it, but we fit everything we need in our 2 backpacks. Canyoneering Gear List Black Diamond: Carabiners Figure 8 Harness Headlamp Sling Canyon Fire: 200 Meeter Ropes Canyon Works: Critr 2 DexShell: Socks Five Ten: Approach Shoes Fox40: Whistle Gregory: Water Bladders Hyperflex: Neoprene Gloves 5/4…

Read More Read More

Canyoneering the Seven Teacups/Kern River

Canyoneering the Seven Teacups/Kern River

Mr. Fools Meets Seven Teacups, His First Swift Water Canyon!** I, Mr. Fool, have been training hard to run swift water canyons. It’s taken a lot of work to get to this point. I’m relatively new to canyoneering. My more experienced counterpart, Ms. Fool, introduced me to the sport last year, and she has been teaching me increasingly difficult technical know-how. Ms. Fool and I share the goal of tackling plenty of swift water canyons. These are some of the…

Read More Read More

The Fools’ Guide to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

The Fools’ Guide to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Jetting Down To Puerto Vallarta, Mexico After spotting a too-cheap-to-pass-up hotel-and-flight deal, we booked a 5-night trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Many water sports enthusiasts head to Puerto Vallarta for kitesurfing or scuba diving. We, however, had no particular goals or plans – a rarity for the couple who usually has at minimum a list of sights and an eatery or two to visit. (Heck, we even managed to turn a 12-hour layover in Switzerland into a whirlwind day trip.) But…

Read More Read More

North Carolina Beach Vacation & Eclipse

North Carolina Beach Vacation & Eclipse

Enjoying The #BeachLife On North Carolina’s Topsail Island There’s an island off the coast of North Carolina called Topsail Island. Since I was a kid, my (Mr. Fool’s) family has loved to visit. It’s a small town with a leisurely vibe and clean beaches that are scattered with seashells and sharks’ teeth. Perfect for a family vacation. We rented a beach house that was practically right on the water: walk down the steps off the back porch, and your toes…

Read More Read More

Bonita Falls/Lytle Creek Canyoneering

Bonita Falls/Lytle Creek Canyoneering

Oh, Canyoneering, How We Love Thee** When we’re not paragliding or rock climbing, you can find us canyoneering. Broadly speaking, canyoneering combines hiking with swimming, high jumps, scrambling, stemming, and technical rope skills such as rappelling (abseiling). Of course, it is possible to descend certain walkable canyons without doing any of these. But those are not the sort of canyons we Fools prefer. Stumbling To The Start The weather was a brutal 100 degrees.  Really, we should not have attempted…

Read More Read More