How It All Began…

A few weeks ago, I got that notice from WordPress. The one that everyone who blogs using WordPress has gotten or will get once they reach their one year mark (“Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!”). A bloggiversary as some call it, a great reminder to reflect on your year of blogging and be appreciative of your … More How It All Began…

Lassen Volcanic National Park, Day 1

Location: Lassen Volcanic National Park Directions: 50 miles east of Redding on Hwy 44 (to the Northwest entrance of the park) Campground: Manzanita Lake campground (amenities included camp store, pay showers and laundry, kayak rentals), $24/night, reservable through recreation.gov 6 months in advance Fees: Park entry fee $20, Campground fee $24/night Date traveled: July 2016 … More Lassen Volcanic National Park, Day 1

Camping in California’s Oldest State Park

Location: Big Basin State Park, California Directions: Big Basin is located about 1.5 hrs (65 miles) south of San Francisco and about 40 minutes (25 miles) north of Santa Cruz via Highway 9 and 236. Campground: Huckleberry Campground Fee: $35/night Ever since I heard about the Berry Creek Falls loop hike at Big Basin State Park with … More Camping in California’s Oldest State Park

Sonoma Coast camping

Location: Doran Regional Park, 201 Doran Beach Rd, Bodega Bay, California Campground: Doran Regional Park campground, 120 sites, $35/night Reservations: sonomacountycamping.org, reservations can be made 1 year in advance Date of trip: May 2016 We left our home on Saturday excited about the gorgeous weather, convinced that the weather report was wrong for the Bodega … More Sonoma Coast camping

Joshua Tree National Park

Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California Campground: Indian Cove, at the end of Indian Cove Road off of Hwy 62 Campground ammenities: Pit toilets, water available at Indian Cove Ranger station 2 miles from campground Campsite: # 73 Reservations: recreation.gov, 6 months in advance (Oct-May). No reservations during summer months (first come, first serve) Campsite … More Joshua Tree National Park

Death Valley (and Star Wars) in December, part 4

Day 4: Exploring the area south of Furnace Creek Location: Death Valley National Park Points of Interest: Artist’s Drive, Golden Canyon, Badwater Basin, Zabriskie Point Hike: Golden Canyon (1 mile, one-way, up to Red Cathedral Junction, start at Golden Canyon parking area) Lodging: Furnace Creek Inn Trip Date: December 2015 Final part of the Death … More Death Valley (and Star Wars) in December, part 4

Death Valley in December (Christmas Eve), part 3

Day 3: Mesquite Springs campground to Furnace Creek Inn Location: Death Valley National Park Points of Interest: Mesquite Springs campground, Mesquite Sand Dunes Campground: Mesquite Springs Campground, $12/night, first come first serve Hike: Mesquite Sand Dunes to highest dune (about 1 mile, one way) Lodging: Furnace Creek Inn Trip Date: December 2015 When I told … More Death Valley in December (Christmas Eve), part 3

Death Valley in December, part 2

Day 2: Furnace Creek to Mesquite Springs Campground (north of Furnace Creek) Location: Death Valley National Park Points of Interest: Harmony Borax Works Museum, Salt Creek, Ubehebe Crater Campground: Mesquite Springs Campground Hike: Salt Creek boardwalk (0.8 mile loop trail on boardwalk) Trip Date: December 2015 After putting a cap on how many pictures of this roadrunner … More Death Valley in December, part 2

Salt Point State Park

Location: Salt Rock State Park, California (off of Hwy 1, about 90 miles north of San Francisco) Campground: Lower Woodside campground, $35/night (first come first serve during non peak season, reserveamerica.com up to 7 months in advance during peak season May-Sept) Hike: Prairie loop trail (4 miles) Trip Date: November 2015 We love to travel right before … More Salt Point State Park