Our Favorites

Here are our favorites from the last two years:

Favorite California Campgrounds:
1) Mesquite Springs campground (here and here), Death Valley National Park
2) Wright’s Beach campground, Sonoma State Parks
3) Hole-in-the-Wall campground, Mojave National Monument
4) Ricardo campground, Red Rock Canyon State Park
5) Sunset campground, Sequoia National Park
6) Manzanita Lake campground, Lassen National Park
7) Lodgepole campground, Sequoia National Park
8) Doran Regional Park campground, Doran Regional park
9) Woodside campground, Salt Rock Point State Park
10) Pinnacles campground, Pinnacles National Park
11) Huckleberry campground, Big Basin State Park
12) Indian Cove campground, Joshua Tree National Park

Favorite Campgrounds Not in California:
1) Atlatl Rock campground, Valley of Fire State Park (Nevada)
2) Mather campground, Grand Canyon (Arizona)

Favorite National Parks (we loved every single one that we visited):
1) Yosemite
2) Grand Canyon
3) Bryce Canyon
4) Death Valley
5) Lassen
6) Zion
7) Pinnacles
8) Kings Canyon
9) Sequoia
10) Mojave National Monument
11) Joshua Tree

Favorite California State Parks:
1) Salt Rock State Park
2) Red Rock Canyon State Park
3) Año Nuevo State Park
4) Sonoma State Beaches
5) Wilder Ranch State Park
6) Big Basin State Park
7) McArthur Burney Falls State Park
8) Samuel P. Taylor
9) Dunes Beach, Half Moon Bay State Beach
10) Sunset State Beach
11) Diablo Valley State Park
12) Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

Favorite Waterfalls:
1) McArthur Burney Falls, McArthur Burney Falls State Park
2) Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park
3) Spokane Falls, downtown Spokane, Washington
4) Berry Creek Falls, Big Basin State Park
5) Roaring River Falls and Grizzly Falls, Kings Canyon National Park
6) Emerald Pools waterfall, Zion National Park
7) Brooks Fall, San Pedro Valley County Park (seasonal waterfall)

Favorite Hikes:
1) Queens Garden to Navajo Loop, Bryce Canyon National Park
2) Manzanita Lake, Lassen National Park
3) Bear Gulch to High Peaks Loop, Pinnacles National Park
4) Emerald Pools Loop, Zion National Park
5) Riverwalk, Zion National Park
5) South Kaibab, Grand Canyon
6) Trail of Time, Grand Canyon National Park
7) Golden Canyon, Death Valley National Park
8) Salt Creek, Death Valley National Park
9) Mosaic Canyon, Death Valley National Park
10) Zumwalt Meadows Loop, Kings Canyon National Park
11) Moro Rock, Crescent Meadows, Sequoia National Park
12) Hole-in-the-wall Loop, Mojave National Monument
13) Old Cove Landing Loop, Wilder Ranch State Park
14) Prairie Loop, Salt Rock Point State Park
15) Berry Creek Falls, Big Basin State Park
16) Pioneer Nature Trail, Armstrong Redwoods State Park
17) Año Nuevo Point Trail, Año Nuevo State Park
18) Bean Hollow coastal hike, Bean Hollow State Park
19) Echo Lake, Lassen National Park

Favorite Bike rides:
1) Yosemite Valley Bike Trail
2) Grand Canyon Bike Trails
3) Half Moon Bay Bike Trail
4) Truckee River Bike Trail
5) Samuel P. Taylor Bike Trail
6) Jedediah Smith Bike Trail 
7) San Francisco Bay Trail

Favorite activities (not including hiking and biking):
1) Kayak sailing, Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe
2) Kayaking Manzanita Lake, Lassen National Park
3) Skiing Diamond Peak, Lake Tahoe
4) Strawberry Picking, Gizdich Ranch
5) Apple Picking, Swanton Pacific Ranch Apple Orchard
6) Elephant Seal watching, Año Nuevo State Park
7) Butterfly watching, Natural Bridges State Park
8) Exploring a cave, Subway Cave
9) Outdoor Projects at home

Favorite National Park Lodges we visited during the holidays:
1) El Tovar, Grand Canyon at Thanksgiving
2) Furnace Creek Inn, Death Valley at Christmas
3) Zion Lodge, Zion at Christmas

Favorite Cities we visited:
1) Tokyo, Japan
2) Minneapolis, Minnesota
3) Denver, Colorado
4) Atami, Japan
5) St. Paul, Minnesota
6) Spokane, Washington
7) Auburn, California
8) Reno, Nevada
9) Santa Cruz, California

Recipes I posted:
Most viewed: Japanese Cream Puffs
Most requested: Power Up Banana Bread
My personal Favorites: All of them 🙂

Favorite Past Vacations:
1) Big Island, Hawaii
2) Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Orlando
3) Hearst Castle
4) Napa, California
5) Japan (here and here)
6) Dillon Beach, California
7) Safari West, Santa Rosa

The world around us is full of opportunities to explore and create an adventure. Make those memories, happy travels everyone!

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