Poynter Online – Fifty Writing Tools

March 22nd, 2006

I was reading some various blogs earlier today (sorry, no trackback) and came across this list of Fifty Writing Tools/Tips to improve your writing. It is geared towards journalists but anyone who dares to write something for others to read can benefit from it. Since I am notorious for writing very long sentences, the first writing tool “Branch to the right” is already helping me out! I hope to get through all 50!

Out-n-Back to Sykes Hot Springs

March 21st, 2006

Sykes Hot Springs
I had quite an adventure back in Feburary when I hiked out to Sykes Hot Springs on the Pine Ridge Trail in the Ventana Wilderness. I started my hike a bit too late in the evening (5:30pm) which only left me with 30 minutes of sunlight. As it got increasingly dark under the forest canopy, I lost track of the main trail and began looking for a place to setup camp before it got too dark to do so comfortably. The first campgrounds are actually 5 miles into the hike (1.5 hrs or so of hiking), so be prepared for this if you go! Even with my little mixup – I did make it out to the springs and back all in 1 day without any problems, and wrote up my trip report in How To Hike Sykes Hot Springs (wiki) as a reference for others planning to make the same hike. If you have the time, I would recommend making this an overnight trip to really enjoy the beautiful surroundings at a relaxed pace.

Select the Read the rest… link for my trail condition report below, as there are a few obstacles and downed trees on the first 5 miles out from the Big Sur Station parking lot.

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