Pepperwood Trail

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There is still much more I have to explore along this trail but the Pepperwood Trail winds through an amazing area of land in the McCain Valley. I happened to take two sets of photos on different days near the end of a very wet spring and winter which offered a large array of plant life and flowers for the area. The contrast between the Laguna Mountains to the west and Colorado Desert to the east is stunning and I really need to stop being lazy and take this trail all the way down Canebrake Canyon. I started off near the Cottonwood Campground which is a very fine year-round campground with vault toilets and firepits. The Pepperwood Trail is easily accessible from McCain Valley Road and is a short drive from I-8. I will traverse more of this fine trail soon but for now, enjoy the photos and look for the rest of them here on the full page!

Cottonwood Campground location:

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BLM campground information and BLM Routes of Travel for Eastern San Diego County Map (PDF)

The Drinker fixes Fat Thor and Luke Skywalker

There aren’t too many theaters open right now because of the Chinese Flu (or our response to it) but that doesn’t mean we can’t make fun of some terrible creative choices in big-budget films right? One of the channels that I’ve started to frequent more recently is The Critical Drinker and it’s a great channel that you should check out when you have the chance. The Drinker’s latest projects are to think of coherent and far better ways of writing how titular and beloved characters that have been emasculated/ruined by Disney® and its incompetent “creative” decisions. The videos are quite well done and the possibilities to fix the numerous character inconsistencies should have been apparent to a large team receiving hundreds of millions of dollars to make these films. But, I suppose that Disney’s® Marvel™  and LucasFilm™ needed to force certain characters down our throat and add some diversity in the worst ways possible. Enough of my ranting though, enjoy these awesome videos and their acerbic wit!

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Jeff Lebowski, is that you?

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Rodriguez Canyon Redux

Several years ago I wrote a post about Rodriguez Canyon, an easy trail in eastern San Diego County just south of Banner Grade along CA-78. I recently went back again and recorded some much better video along with going out after a very wet Winter and Spring for San Diego. Snow had recently fallen on the mountains just to the west of Rodriguez Canyon and the trail was wet without dust clouds forming as I passed along. Any 2WD truck with decent ground clearance will normally be able to make it through this trail. Enjoy the photos and videos and find all of them here on the dedicated page!

Northern trail end:

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Southern trail end (The trail does continue for highway-legal vehicles to S-2 in spite of what Google Maps shows.):

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Seven Oaks Road

Seven Oaks Road is an easy trail that is made up of parts of two different forest roads (1N45/1N04) that any 2WD truck will pass through unless it is really muddy out. This trail lies just north of CA-38 and is a nice ride with access to several camps and hiking trails that is an easy-going ride. I highly recommend that you hit up this trail if you’re passing through the area. Enjoy the video and look here for all of the photos!

Seven Oaks Road location:

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Holcomb Valley Road (3N16)

The portions of Holcomb Valley Road that I drove through were of generally easy difficulty and would be easier with no mud or snow. I decided to head up to Big Bear and try some snow wheeling and was very pleasantly surprised by the Winter wonderland I saw. There was lots of fresh snow and not to many people on the trails; I guess that not many drivers were interested in taking on some moderate snowfall. I started the trail on the eastern side near the Big Bear Transfer Station (aka Dump) and head up and west from there. I continued along 3N16 until reaching the junction with Coxey Road (3N14) and headed south as the Sun fell. As I passed through the western portions of the road there was a Chevy Volt with some chains on behind me that made it through with little issue along with a diesel-powered F-250 that got out of a hole as soon as he put his transfer case in 4-LO.

There is a trail south of the route I described known as Holcomb Creek Road (3N14) which is much more difficult and would be harder to complete with a full-size truck like mine. There are numerous hiking, highway-legal 4×4 trails, and even a few OHV trails that connect to 3N16 and it’s a great way to enjoy the area and take in a whole lot at once if you only have an afternoon free and aren’t interested in any hardcore trails. I’ve embedded some map and trail information below. Enjoy the photos and videos and look for the rest of them here on the dedicated page!

Eastern starting location:

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Western ending location:

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USDA Forest Service – Holcomb Creek Information

USDA Forest Service – Holcomb Valley Road Information

Feeling the Bern: Super Tuesday II

The results from the last round of primaries have been in for a few days now and it’s now time to rub salt into the wounds of Bernouts who view the world so simplistically that they always use Star Wars or Harry Potter analogies to describe everything that they believe in. Bernie managed to win North Dakota and lost every other state that held a Primary Election a few days ago including Michigan (where he beat Hillary last time). Let’s take a closer look at some election results:

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The aftermath…

Individual state results:

Oof, those Mississippi results. I wonder which Democratic Party constituency doesn’t “Feel the Bern” and voted for the Obama guy?

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There’s quite a lot of salt to be mined from the left and I wholeheartedly believe that leftists will continue to provide countless hours of entertainment. There’s the fine example of the folks at The Young Turks and their bestiality-supporting host Cenk Uygur talking about going to “war” against the Democratic Party. There is a channel that has compiled all of the best points of The Young Turks impotent and soy-filled rage coverage of the election results and I promise that you won’t be able to contain your laughter!

Who in that video do you think cried the hardest: Michael Moore, Chunk, or someone else? Let me know in the comments below. Everyone’s favorite “Squad” member blamed Sanders’ election losses on “voter suppression” (however the left defines that anymore) and complained about “kids” waiting three hours to vote. Isn’t nice to know that people in their early 20s are kids in the eyes of AOC? Oh, the horror of having to wait for something…

Well, I think one thing that isn’t being talked about is the rampant voter suppression in this country,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Right there in Ann Arbor, where we had that rally, those kids were waiting three hours in line to vote in Michigan. And so when we talk about who’s turning out and who’s not turning out, we absolutely need to be clear.

Here are a few more insights into the mind of some typical Bernie supporters:

Well, that’s enough of my commentary for now. Enjoy the memes and comment below if you can tell which ones are real!

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Super Tuesday results are coming in

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A rare sighting of Joe Biden supporters…

Results are coming in from Primary Elections all over the country and Elizabeth “Fauxcahontas” Warren and Michael “Mini Mike” Bloomberg did absolutely terrible. Warren lost badly in the state where she serves as a Senator and managed to get third place. Amazing, simply amazing…

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Slow Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are the only two Democratic candidates to receive any meaningful number of delegates but Mini Mike can always lay claim to being the victor of the American Samoa Caucus:

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Isn’t also hilarious how Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Tom Cryer, and probably someone else who never had a chance all dropped out in the same 24 hour period just before Super Tuesday? Isn’t also amazing that they all endorsed Bid all of a sudden? It really makes you think, huh? I’m sure that they totally weren’t promised a bunch of stuff by the DNC to support the failing Biden campaign. It’s also hilarious that despite all of this support and attention suddenly coalescing around the former Vice President that Bernie may still end up winning the majority of the elected delegates. Just like Shillary Hillary Clinton said in her latest interview: “Let’s follow the rules, we had rules last time, we have rules this time,”. I wonder if Hillary will be saying the same thing to the fine folks at her upcoming U.S. District Court trial deposition?

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Here’s a quick peek at how only Sanders and Biden are is getting a meaningful number of delegates out of California. I wonder how the DNC feels about early voting in California and all of the wasted votes on Buttigieg and Klobuchar? Sorry Democrats, but there’s no “do-over” for your thrown-away vote. Unless of course, they’re voting early and often.

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Anyway, that’s enough of my opinions on the Primary Election results currently available as I’m typing this post out. For now, I’ll leave you with some memes from the fine folks at Economic Illiterates for Bernie Sanders. Enjoy!

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Cleghorn Road Group Run

I recently went on a decently sized group run to Cleghorn Road just off of I-15. The main trail is easy and I have documented it before but I simply desired to show off some of the group photos and passing through all of the terrain without several inches of snow cover. A fun time was had by all and you may find the rest of the photos and videos here on the dedicated page. Enjoy!

 

President Trump’s 2020 State of the Union Address

I have embedded President Trump’s 2020 State of the Union Address below. I caught about the last hour of it and I can say that I generally liked what I heard. Perhaps the new Democratic Party platform is to provide taxpayer-funded medicine for any illegal immigrant who steps foot on U.S. soil among other terrible ideas, but I think most Americans will agree with what President Trump supported in this speech. What was the reason for all of the women Democrats wearing white again? To hell with it, who knows and who cares…

If you have some extra time, you can also watch the LGBTQIAWXYZ+ State of the Union Address where some guy complains about transgenders not being allowed into the U.S. military. If there was anything that could add to the combat capability of warriors, it’s the addition of soldiers who feel the need to cut off significant portions of their bodies, take hormones that they can’t produce in sufficient quantities to make their bodies into something that they will never be, and who will be on a Limited Duty status for years and may not ever be able to deploy.

Leaving the European Union

What a joyous time for the U.K., the shackles of the treacherous and overly bureaucratic E.U. are finally being thrown off. After the communist Jeremy Corbyn led his Labour Party to a crushing and historic defeat a Brexit that has been wallowing and languishing for years finally happened just a few days ago. This blog post represents yet another case where I don’t need to add to much commentary but can link to others who explain the feelings of jubilation (or sadness) amongst the British and Europeans.

The Spectator – You can thank Remainers for the hardness of this Brexit

Above is an article by a man who opposed Brexit but has the self-awareness to realize that perhaps dragging it on for years and opposing the will of the British people might have some blowback.

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Indeed, a glorious victory for Britain.

The Spectator – The agony of Brexit – for us Germans

An article written by Ms. Stefanie Bolzen  who bemoans the loss of the U.K. from the jackboot of Brussels bureaucrats. She seems to have a rather low opinion of many E.U. member states (“freeloaders” among other unflattering terms) and just can’t understand why the British might not want to participate anymore. Par for the course, the author calls the main opposition party Alternative für Deutschland a bunch of racists.

U.K. Daily Mail – Party like it’s January 31! Brits far and wide including in London, Boston, Warrington and Glasgow celebrate Brexit in style with festivals and pub crawls to mark history

The Daily Mail can be a very interesting news source and I’ll post some of the jubilant (and somber) photos below. Enjoy!

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Quite stylish, don’t you think?

Of course, not everybody was happy with the outcome…