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

Hearst Castle, a California State Historical Monument

We love to be active and enjoy the outdoors, but hiking is not necessarily the activity of choice when we get together with grandparents. No problem, there are plenty of outdoor activities we can all enjoy. One of our favorite excursions that we took with my in-laws was a trip to San Simeon on the central … More Hearst Castle, a California State Historical Monument

How About Celebrating Thanksgiving at the Grand Canyon?

I know it’s kind of early to be thinking about Thanksgiving. I mean, we still have our holiday memories still lingering around in our heads. But, if I may, I wanted to plant a tiny seed, an idea to file away for the future. How about celebrating Thanksgiving at the Grand Canyon with your family? … More How About Celebrating Thanksgiving at the Grand Canyon?