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?

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

How to Navigate a National Park Visit During the Holidays

I am not an expert on travel or national parks by any means, but having traveled around the holidays for the last 4 years, I wanted to share an observation that we made. That is, the days before the major holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, the parks are very sparse. Like ‘everyone is busy getting ready for the holidays so no one … More How to Navigate a National Park Visit During the Holidays

Fortynine Palms Oasis Hike in Joshua Tree National Park

Location: Joshua Tree National Park, California. Off of Canyon Road/Fortynine Palms Canyon Road via Hwy 62 Hike: Fortynine Palms Oasis hike, a hike to an oasis surrounded by palms (and back) Length: 3 miles, round trip Time: 2-3 hours Level: Moderate, no shade on trail (shade at oasis) Elevation change: 300 ft (300 ft climb … More Fortynine Palms Oasis Hike in Joshua Tree National Park

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

Yosemite Valley Bike Ride in the Spring

Location: Yosemite National Park, California (Yosemite Valley) Bike trail length: 8 mile loop through Yosemite Valley from Yosemite Lodge at the Falls to Mirror Lake and back. (The Yosemite NPS site says there are over 12 miles of bike trails in Yosemite) Time: 1-3 hours depending on the number of stops Season: Spring My absolute, all-time favorite … More Yosemite Valley Bike Ride in the Spring

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