Wonder All Around! (Los Angeles)

L.A. is a great big freeway.  NOT!  Yes, there are lots of freeways here with the famous “the” preceding them.  Take the 405 to the 105 to the 5!  But I say get off the freeway and you’ll see all around are huge, magnificent, amazing and diverse areas of flora and fauna! And once you’re there, let’s engage those wonder muscles! L.A. is a great big freeway…NOT! I’ve canoed, kayaked, hiked and otherwise explored much of the Boreal Forest and BWCAW […]

Wasn’t Too Bad a Prep Was It?

Ranger Ted and his family show how just a little bit of preparation can make for a great adventure outside. Just keep to the basics and head on out: Water, snacks, sunblock and phone. Add a couple more items like binoculars, nature guides and extra layers for fun and that’s all you need to connect to wonder! Ted Mattison, also known as Ranger Ted, is a Certified California Naturalist, trained in Wilderness First Aid, and has explored, hiked, canoed and […]

Trail Tuesday

Connect you and your loved ones to wonder and the great outdoors by taking a little walk outside today. Find a trail near you to explore. Put just a little bit of thought into your preparation and get out there and have fun! This video highlights a great and very accessible part of Griffith Park in Los Angeles Ted Mattison, also known as Ranger Ted, is a Certified California Naturalist, trained in Wilderness First Aid, and has explored, hiked, canoed […]

Snakes Schmakes!

Just cruising along on a busy-ish trail in Temescal Gateway Park in the Pacific Palisades. Was with a lovely couple of families and their kids, noticing the great oaks, sycamores and arroyo willows when – WHOA! We stopped and there was a sizeable California Coastal or California Mountain Kingsnake! Kingsnake I’ve hiked the greater Los Angeles area for 25 years now and have seen just a few snakes: a couple rattlers, a gopher snake or two but never the Coastal […]