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Weekend Backpacking Checklist

Weekend Backpacking Checklist Backpack Sleep Tent (Optional) Ground Cloth Sleeping Bag Ground Pad (Thermarest) Water Water filter (If Required) 1 – 2 Gallons Water (variable) Very Important Papers Maps/Compass/GPS/ETC Clothing Waterproof Outer Layer Jacket Warm Jacket Inner liner socks Beanie Bear Bag or Canister (If Needed) First Aid First Aid Kit Moleskin Sunscreen Food Emergency … Read more

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Best Photo Locations In San Diego

Sunset, Moon, Venus, at La Jolla Shores

Best Photo Locations In San Diego

Sunset, Moon, Venus, at La Jolla Shores, by T.M. Schultze
Sunset, Moon, Venus, at La Jolla Shores, by T.M. Schultze

Finding the best photo locations in San Diego is important for people visiting or who people who are fortunate enough to live here.

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Garrett’s Arch

Garret's Arch

I recently trekked to Garrett’s Arch in Joshua Tree National Park.  Garrett’s Arch is likely the largest arch in Joshua Tree, although another unpublicized arch could give it competition. Garrett’s Arch is located in the Wonderland of Rocks backcountry.  The trailhead begins at the Wall Street Mill parking lot, proceeding briefly before veering left towards … Read more

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High Speed Rail Boondoggle

The Hundred Billion Dollar Boondoggle Right now, Californians are well on their way to making a huge mistake.  The Los Angeles to San Francisco high-speed rail line indeeds sounds great on paper.  The idea that in just a few hours, you can head from the South to the Bay Area with stops in the Central … Read more

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Yosemite’s Upper Cathedral Lake – Notes

This past weekend, I journeyed to Yosemite National Park with long-time friend, colleague, and fellow photographer, Jeremy Long.  We were looking to make an image showing Upper Cathedral Lake at sunset, with reflection from beautiful Cathedral Peak. On paper, the hike did not look imposing.  My map indicated it was about 3.5 miles each way. … Read more

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Partnering in Photography

In about six months, I am planning to co-author my first book, the Photographer’s Guide To Joshua Tree National Park. My co-author and lifelong friend, Jeremy Long are extremely excited to bring this project to fruition. Speaking for myself, I can’t wait to finish this guide for artists and photographers everywhere to enjoy. I am also … Read more

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How To Fly With Your Photo Gear

Do you want to know how to fly with your photo gear?  Congratulations! If you are reading this article, you are possibly planning your next photo destination. While it is certainly not too challenging to properly pack your photography gear for a road trip, it is a bit of a challenge when that trip takes … Read more

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Cedar Creek Falls Sucks

Cedar Creek Falls Sucks This is quite something to say about what is the most picturesque waterfall in San Diego County.  After the closure of Cedar Creek Falls, I hoped that something could be done to reign in the partiers, jerks, and immature people clogging the falls every weekend.  After my first visit with the … Read more

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My new blog

Me before my lucrative blog business took off and I made millions.
Tracy Schultze Writing

Good evening friends and fellow artists.  I have started this new blog to offer a regular opportunity to communicate with those who share my interests in art, photography, writing, and travel.

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National Park # 1 – Joshua Tree National Park

Orange Ghosts

Joshua Tree National Park was the first National Park I visited, although at the time it was then just a National Monument.  I remember hiking and bouldering as a young kid, and then camping there as a Boy Scout.  Both sides of my family also took us there, although I don’t remember doing much beyond … Read more