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Must-Have Items for Hiking

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San Diego State University alumnus Brian Borg earned a degree in philosophy and graduated summa cum laude. He continues to live in San Diego, now with his wife and children. In his free, Brian Borg and his family enjoy hiking in surrounding national parks.

Before setting off for a hike, hikers must plan carefully and prepare for any changes in weather conditions that may arise. Some of the most important items to take on a hike include:

Correct clothing. To avoid damp clothes and chafed skin, hikers should ensure that every item of clothing they wear is suitable for long treks, including their undergarments and socks. An ideal hiking outfit has layers of moisture-wicking fabric and sturdy hiking boots.

Survival gear. If a hike is planned for several days or during times of inclement weather, hikers should be prepared in case of an emergency. Essential survival items include a portable water purification system, fire-starting materials, and a first aid kit.

Several types of protection. To minimize exposure to the elements, hikers should take sunscreen, headwear, sunglasses, and a lightweight emergency blanket.

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Camping at Paso Picacho in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

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Paso Picacho
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A business executive in San Diego, California, Brian Borg has extensive experience in areas such as organizing human resources, managing risk, and developing business strategies. From his home in San Diego, Brian Borg enjoys camping with his family in nearby areas such as at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Encompassing oak woodlands, pine forests, and creek-laced meadows, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park attracts numerous day visitors and overnight campers who come to enjoy its delightful scenery and hike more than 100 miles of trails. The park offers two family campgrounds, including Paso Picacho.

Located at about 5,000 feet of elevation, Paso Picacho supplies 85 reservable campsites, each with a fire ring and picnic table. Other amenities in the campground include shared water faucets, restrooms, and ice and firewood available for purchase. The reservation fee of $30 per night includes up to eight people and one vehicle.

Some of the park’s best hikes begin in Paso Picacho, including a three-and-a-half-mile trail to Cuyamaca Peak and a two-mile trek to Stonewall Peak. Lake Cuyamaca, suitable for boating and fishing, also lies only a couple of miles from the campground.

Hiking Razor Point Trail in Torrey Pines State Reserve

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Razor Point Trail
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A risk management and human resources professional with nearly two decades of experience, Brian Borg resides in San Diego, California. A family man and avid hiker, Brian Borg enjoys spending time in local parks such as the Torrey Pines State Reserve.

Home to the rarest pine tree in the nation and encompassing approximately 1,750 acres, the Torrey Pines State Reserve offers a rich ecosystem in the midst of the city. From a salt marsh that provides a habitat to many species of water birds to views of the ocean, the park attracts visitors for a variety of reasons.

Hikers can enjoy a network of approximately eight miles of trails with several different route options. One popular route, the Razor Point Trail, leads approximately two-thirds of a mile to the Razor Point Overlook, which provides spectacular views of the coastal cliffs and the sea.

An easy-to-moderate hike, the Razor Point Trail passes through gnarled old trees bent from the winds, coastal sage scrub, and sandstone formations such as the Red Butte Formation. Hike options include taking a side trip off to the Yucca Point Trail, a small loop with more ocean views and flowering yucca in the spring.

Hiking the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

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Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
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A resident of San Diego, California, Brian Borg is an avid hiker. When he’s not busy working, he often enjoys day hikes in various locations around San Diego County. One of the areas Brian Borg frequents for hikes is Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

Established in 1899, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve covers roughly 1,750 acres of land. Spanish sailors, who marked the area as Puna de los Arboles, or Wooded Point, on their maps, first recorded the area in the 1500s. These trees turned out to be the rare Torrey pine, a species of pine that only grows naturally along the coast between Del Mar and La Jolla and on Santa Rosa Island.

In addition to these rare pines, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve rewards guests with fantastic ocean views, unique desert landscapes, and cliffs. The area is also home to numerous species of diverse creatures and plants, along with several walking trails. There are six trails in total dotted around the reserve that allow guests plenty of opportunity to customize their hiking experience to suit their needs and abilities.

The trails found within the Reserve include the Guy Fleming, High Point, Parry Grove, Broken Hill, and Razor Point trails. These trails range from 100 yards in length to three-quarters of a mile and take guests through everything from wildflowers and ferns to sandstone canyons and sculptures. They are also suitable for guests capable of completing easy to moderate-level hikes.

The Early History of Blues Music

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Blues Music
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San Diego resident Brian Borg likes to play and listen to old blues music by artists like Blind Willie Johnson and Josh White. Blues listeners and artists like Brian Borg participate in a tradition dating back nearly 200 years, which spread to places like San Diego starting from the Mississippi Delta.

Blues originated among sharecroppers and slaves in the 19th century, as drum music, revivalist hymns, spirituals, and work songs mixed together to create a new genre about based on expressing emotion and the overcoming of trials and tribulations. Due to the geographic proximity to New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, blues and jazz music influenced each other during the course of their creation. Blues, however, took much longer to spread.

Before World War II, blues usually involved solo performers traveling with only a guitar. The blues band sound evolved out of jug bands, jazz bands, and gospel choirs, adding jugs, washboards, harmonicas, and banjos, among other instruments. As blues continued to spread, it fragmented into a variety of genres, taking on elements of local music. Chicago blues, for instance, added an electric sound to traditional blues music, while boogie-woogie added ragtime elements such as piano accompaniment.