Tromp Blog

Bodacious Bloomers

Sky lupine, a Santa Cruz Mountains regular. This was taken at Quail Hollow Ranch. Hilltromper photo.

Your guide to wildflower season in Santa Cruz County.

The Outdoor Poet: Pegatha Hughes

From 'Last Rays,' painted by Pegatha Hughes.

'Davenport,' by poet and plein-aire painter Pegatha Hughes.

Spring, Poppying Up All Over

The golden poppies of Antelope Valley, site of the annual Poppy Festival (April 26-27). Photo by User:Vision/Creative Commons.

Is the spring of 2014 yielding more California poppies than usual? With California Poppy Day (April 6) just around the corner, we asked Stephen McCabe of the UCSC Arboretum.

An MBoSC Challenge: Dig, Donate, Advocate

Riding a slice of trail you helped build? *That* is what it's all about. Photo by Bruce Dorman.

What's second-best to the thrill of the trail? Sustainable trailbuilding, joining the mountain biking community and talking up the sport.

The Outdoor Poet: Janet Trenchard

Two poems by the local artist, poet and former high school teacher.

Happy Undeserved Spring

Al Frisby knows where the wildflowers are blooming and he can show you how to shoot 'em. Details below.

How (and why) to love the season anyway.

The Outdoor Poet: Anonymous

In this week's Outdoor Poet, a very old poem celebrating spring. Believed to have been written in the 13th century in Wessex, England, it was used during the climactic scene in the cult horror flick "Wicker Man." This is a modern translation.

Surfing With The Island Girl

Nina Ke'alohi Dodge schooling everybody in the lineup. Photo courtesy Nina Ke'alohi Dodge.

A surf lesson with Hawaii-born surf instructor Nina Ke'alohi Dodge gets students in touch with the power of the ocean.

The One-Page Backpacker's Guide

You don't need a $400 two-pound tent like Carl's to be warm and comfy in the backcountry. Carl Uebelhart photo.

Our backpacking oracle spills the beans on what you really need to tromp the backcountry.

The Outdoor Poet: Pam O'Shaughnessy

Giant kelp forest by Claire Fackler/NOAA.

Poems about familiar places by the Santa Cruz poet.