The Mekong Delta is a region of Vietnam that’s a three hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). This large swath of land covers 15,600 square miles and is made up of rivers, swamps, and islands with villages and floating markets throughout. In this post I’ll share all of the fun things travelers can do while visiting the Mekong Delta on a day trip.
Johnson’s Pasture is a 180-acre plot of land in the foothills of Claremont that’s a part of the larger Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. This 4-mile loop hike gains a respectable 860-ft of elevation, and provides some of my favorite views of the San Gabriel Mountains. In this guide, I’ll provide directions, a map, photos, and a detailed hike description for the Johnston’s Pasture Gale Mountain Loop.
The iconic Julbo Explorer has been updated to version 2.0 and I’ve been wear testing them since last year. The major updates come to the frame, and I couldn’t be more impressed with their performance. If you need a pair of sunglasses for long day hikes, alpine outings, or mountaineering, these could be the shades for you. See why in this review.
After a few rough nights of winter camping in a tent, I started looking for alternative sleeping options. My goal was to find a trailer that would allow us to enjoy the outdoors without having to brave cold winter nights. I rented a Teardrop trailer, and our family road trips will never be the same.
The Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 is the best super-wide angle e-mount lens available for Sony mirrorless cameras today. The Batis 18mm is incredibly sharp from corner to corner, and provides high contrast images with deep color saturation. As an avid hiker, backpacker, and traveler, I’ve found the Batis 18mm to be a lightweight ‘do-it-all’ lens that always gets the job done.
Hiking and travel pants are an incredibly important piece of kit, especially since most of us “lightweight packers” will only bring along one pair for a multi-week trip. I’ve tried many pairs over the years that just didn’t make the cut. Here are four that have endured the test of time.
The Cascade Mountain Tech Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles are one of the highest value pieces of gear I’ve ever reviewed. The poles come in at 15.2oz with carbon fiber shafts, cork handles, quick lock adjusters, and tungsten carbine tips. Best of all, they only cost $45!
Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is increasingly becoming one of the most popular stops for tourists visiting the north of Vietnam. The bay is filled with nearly 1,600 limestone islets jutting up out of the water, and most are covered with a dense green vegetation. A few of the islets are hollow with massive underwater caves. Halong Bay also provides hiking opportunities, water sports, fishing villages, and more.
The 3.4 mile hike to Teutonia Peak passes through an area with the most dense concentration of Joshua Trees anywhere in the world. This 700 ft climb to the 5,755ft Teutonia Peak also provides hikers with breathtaking views of Kessler Peak and Cima Dome. If the scenic views, Joshua Trees, and volcanic domes don’t pique your interest, you can also take a side trail on this hike to explore the old Teutonia Mine.