Introducing Bristlecone Journal

Hello, there. I know what you’re thinking “Oh, good, another outdoorsy/artsy/homestead-y blog with beautiful images, instilling a sense that I should probably either get out of the house more or invite others into it. A blog full of fun information, gear reviews, fun food, tasty libations, and in insane amount of dogs for no good reason.”

Well, if that’s what you were thinking, you nailed it. Allow me to introduce the crew.


I’m Jonathan, but I usually go by my last name of Yost. One, there’s too many Johns, Jons, and Jonathans in the world, and two, I can make all kinds of puns out of it. Yoster Strudel. Pacific Yost Highway. Yostage Stamps. I could go on forever. The beautiful woman next to me is Cal. She does not go by our last name, which is probably for the best. She’s one of the funniest, smartest, and most talented people I know.

The dog on the left is Gozer the Destructor, one of the goofiest huskies you’ll ever want to meet. Which leaves Turbo, who somehow manages to look at you with both sheer love & devotion while at the same time looking like he is judging the living hell out of you. We’re a good group.

We often find ourselves exploring our corner of heaven, I mean California. We’re close to beaches, mountains, deserts, and freeways that lead directly to as many adventures as we can handle, so we’re pretty stoked on that. But, sometimes we find ourselves at home, where we have gardens instead of lawns, and picnic tables instead of a back porch, perfect for weekend get-togethers. Not too shabby, right? Well, we invite you to join us on some of these adventures, both at home and out and about. On the way, we’ll point out some of our favorite places, people, and things, take some pictures, and try to sneak in a joke or two. Come on, let’s do this.