The details behind the pretty stuff...
The idea of MrHollister.com came about as I was looking for a way to showcase in my classes the beauty within and beyond the Great Central Valley as seen through the camera lens of my adventures. Sixty miles east or west from our flat home in the Great Central Valley lie vistas and scenery that rival any in the world. The grandeur-induced euphoria created by the Sierras inspired my fascination with the Earth at an early age and they continue to do so today. I try extremely hard to make my fascination with the earth as contagious as possible in my geosciences classes by bringing my experiences to life through my photogrpahy & hiking narrations
I want you, my students, and your families to experience the awe-inspiring joy of the outdoors by getting out of town and visiting your amazing "backyard", hopefully using this page as a source of information & inspiration.
The majority of the hikes on this page are within 100 miles of Turlock, which make them great candidates for dayhikes during the summer season. Each hikes features photos, detailed Topo maps, a virtual GOOGLE EARTH fly-by and the fishing opportunities presented along the trail (not to mention driving directions using the map interface). Starting in 2007 I began adding captions to the hike photos to describing the path along the amazing journey.
Please have fun, be safe, employ "Leave No Trace" ethics and pretty please with sugar on top practice catch & release when fishing in the wilderness (unless eating your catch while camping).