October 18 – 27 We left Tombstone on a clear morning with blue skies that would follow us all day.  We decided not to stop in the downtown area (if you could call it that) to see the tourist street, multiple blocks of recreated late 1870’s cowboy town playing off the famous shoot out at […]

May 13 – 24, 2021 With a long drive before us we hit the road not long after Little G went off to day care and made our way east to the foothills of the Sierras with the plan to take Highway 108 over Sonora Pass to Highway 395 and south to Lone Pine.  It […]

May 13 – 24, 2021 May arrived with rapidly declining Covid rates and Joanna and I fully vaccinated, began to plan for a return to our routine of the last seven years of abundant travel.  This next trip would mirror those we did last year during the height of the crisis, indeed much of what […]

And so, I arrived in Calais, bidding my German acquaintances a fond auf Wiedersehen and wondering what opportunities I might have passed up in doing so.  The road taken though doesn’t allow for much looking back or regrets as I purchased my passage across the channel and prepared to wait for the next ferry.  It […]

As we begin to return to traveling at the rate we managed since I started this blog back in 2013, there will still be some gaps between trips that I will need to fill from time to time.  So, much like I did with the Why Do We Love Yosemite series I recently posted, I’ll […]

We met Tony over at Ellen’s Pancake House again for breakfast and although the oatmeal the day before was really good (with plenty of raisins, brown sugar, and walnuts to mix in) I went for two slices of French Toast and Joanna attempted to finish the Monte Cristo, a special of the day.  Her sandwich […]

April 16 – 19 As the pandemic begins to subside (as of this writing both Joanna and I are fully vaccinated) we can begin to pursue a more aggressive travel agenda, one that will fill the second half of 2021 much as we did in 2019 after our move back to Los Angeles.  We did […]

A year later starting in the summer, of 1998 we’d visit twice as we celebrated my graduation from grad school at Loyola Marymount University.  We camped with Irene, Ric, Debra and others at a campground just off Tioga Road over the 4th of July weekend.  We’d L.A. late in the day and it being pre-cell […]

As reported in the last post, a couple of years would pass before we would return to Yosemite, but once we started again our visits would become a habit, a good one to have.  In 1985 Rendy and I would backpack from Tuolumne Meadows to the Valley floor, hiking the 27 miles in four days, […]

My next encounter with Yosemite would come in June 1975 just after my graduation from Cal State Northridge.  I accompanied three woman I knew at the time (Sue, Coach Paula, and Julie) to Camp 4, the legendary walk-in campground known as the home for many of the world class rock climbers at that time. We […]

The latest two posts featured our most recent trip to Yosemite, a place we return to time after time.  What is it about the park that has such a strong hold on us?  The next couple of posts will attempt to shed a little light on the enduring attraction this magical place has for us. […]