Desert Queen Mine Hike in Joshua Tree National Park

While visiting Joshua Tree during the busy holiday season, we came across 2 amazing and underrated hikes that allowed us to really experience Joshua Tree away from the crowds. The campgrounds were completely full and the park was brimming with many people like us who wanted to celebrate Christmas at Joshua Tree. Especially at the … More Desert Queen Mine Hike in Joshua Tree National Park

Dispersed Camping on Bureau of Land Management Area South of Joshua Tree National Park

We arrived at Joshua Tree National Park on Christmas Eve day (2018) after having spent a peaceful, away-from-the-crowds night at Red Rock Canyon State Park the previous night. We continued on past the Joshua Tree Visitor Center knowing it was closed because of the government shutdown. At that time it was only day 3, little … More Dispersed Camping on Bureau of Land Management Area South of Joshua Tree National Park

A Big Sur Thanksgiving

You are absolutely right, I’m a bit off schedule. We are in the middle of December right now and I’m blogging about a Thanksgiving visit to the Big Sur coast. I’m hoping you understand … sometimes life just happens. Hope everyone is fully enjoying the holidays and getting a chance to appreciate our great outdoors. … More A Big Sur Thanksgiving

Filoli Gardens

I needed some serious garden inspiration for a side yard that I’ve been working on since the beginning of summer and was hoping to get some by visiting the gardens at Filoli Historic House and Gardens located in Woodside, California. At the time of our visit in July, a colorful glass art exhibition was being displayed throughout … More Filoli Gardens

Lassen National Park

Do you have a ‘bucket list’ or a ‘to do list’ for all of the adventures you want to experience in your life? I’m embarrassed to say I have a pretty crazy, let’s just call it extensive, one. I can’t help it, I’m a shameless list maker and there are so many great blogs out there … More Lassen National Park

Our Weekends Lately…

Last year my daughter’s volleyball team traveled extensively, and although it was somewhat manageable for an eighth grader, we didn’t think this was the right choice for her when she began high school. This year she played on a Power League team that didn’t have any travel tournaments (no airplane travel), and it turned out … More Our Weekends Lately…