Moreno Valley "M" Trail

Hiking Up to the Giant Moreno Valley “M”

Have you ever thought about climbing up to the giant “M” on Box Springs Mountain? If you don’t know what I’m writing about, the big “M” overlooks Moreno Valley and is visible from the 215 and 60 freeways as you pass by or through Moreno Valley. Back in February 2012, we decided to give it a try, so we packed […]

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Badlands BBQ - Norco

My Go-To Place for Brisket: Badlands BBQ in Norco, CA

Badlands BBQ in Norco is my go-to spot for smoked beef brisket. Check out this amazing brisket… Smoked fresh daily… Although the brisket is my favorite, everything we have tried during our many visits has been great, including this tender pulled pork… My oldest son and I have devoured many slabs of these deliciously-tender baby back ribs… My wife loves […]

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Tenaja Falls

Tenaja Falls near Murrieta, CA

We visited Tenaja Falls near Murrieta earlier this year. Tenaja Falls is located in the San Mateo Canyon Wilderness area of the Cleveland National Forest. Here is a recap of our hike in pictures: The Tenaja Falls trailhead… Here is the trail map on the board at the Tenaja Falls trailhead (click for an online map). Notice the Teneja trailhead at […]

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Santa Rosa Plateau

Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve Near Murrieta

About five years ago on our way back from lunch in Murrieta, we exited the 15 freeway at Clinton Keith Road to see where the road would take us. We headed toward the Cleveland Forest until we came across what appeared to be hiking trails. Our little driving adventure had brought us to the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. What […]

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Calves - 12/2016

My Shrunken Calf – An Achilles Tendon Rupture Story

If you have undergone or are facing Achilles tendon repair surgery, this post is for you. I saw the movie trailer for Hercules starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson over the weekend, and noticed that his calves look good. Wait, what? Why am I looking at another guy’s calves? Johnson, if you’re not aware, ruptured his left Achilles tendon while filming […]

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