Rest and Wild

Camping. Hiking. Wilderness backpacking. Photography. California. Adventure Blog. I'm David and this website is my collection of hiking and camping experiences. Follow along as I explore trails, test gear, and learn about the wilderness.

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White Sands National Monument

August 27, 2019

A man and woman, gray-haired, maybe in their sixties, walked across the road carrying a folded cardboard box. They had big smiles on their faces, almost to the point of giggling. What were they so happy about?

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Canoe-Camping the Delaware River

January 13, 2019

Like most people under the age of ten, I jump on any excuse to use the word "starboard", so when I was asked to go canoe-camping, it seemed like a very good idea.

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Mt. St. Helens

December 17, 2018

On the morning of May 18, 1980, a 5.1 magnitude earthquake under the north face of Mt. St. Helens ended a two-month drama of magma build-up beneath the volcano.

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Mojave National Preserve

November 29, 2018

The sand dunes of the Mojave Desert boom. Sometimes the sound is called singing; other times, whistling, or barking. It's created by the sand grains being just the right size for the sound of their sliding to resonate along the top layer of the dunes, like a giant tuba.

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Grand Teton National Park

September 1, 2018

I looked over the small stand of pine trees, glanced at the jagged boulders upslope, then back at the pines. "Can you guys fend off a rock slide?" I asked. They replied in silence.

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