Category National Parks and State Parks

Yosemite – Why Do We Love It So? – Part Four

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 […]

Yosemite – Why Do We Love It So? – Part Three

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, […]

Yosemite – Why Do We Love It So? – Part Two

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 […]

Yosemite – Why Do We Love It So? – Part One

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. […]

Yosemite 2021, Part Three

February 25 – March 5, 2021 Breakfast in our rooms took us into the later morning and the four of us then took off in the Highlander to drive over to the Equestrian center where we parked and began a short hike to Mirror Lake.  During the winter months the extensive shuttle system that operates […]

Yosemite 2021, Part Two

February 25 – March 5, 2021 On Tuesday Kim, Marty, Joanna and I took off for Yosemite, but with a check in time of 5pm there was no hurry to get out of Oakland.  The drive would take us roughly four hours as we decided to try out a new route this time, taking Highway […]

Fall Western States, Part Two

November 2 – 13, 2020 Our plan for the day was to head out to White Sands National Park and then see where the day would take us.  We loitered around the cabin a bit after two straight days of driving, a comfortable proposition as it was warm enough and between a chair and desk […]

Arizona Sojourn, Part Five

September 9 – 20, 2020 Our plan for this day would be to have breakfast nearby, then head to Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki National Monuments and finish by driving to Kim and Marty’s in Henderson.  After checking out of the Weatherford we managed the short distance back to the area we’d visited the night […]

Arizona Sojourn, Part Four

September 9 – 20, 2020 Finished with our meal, we got back on the road and began the drive to Flagstaff and we wound our way up Highway 89A through Oak Creek Canyon.  As it was a Saturday, there was a lot of traffic on the road, which was lined on both sides with parked […]

On the Road Again 2020, Northern California Part Two

July 23 – August 3, 2020 After a pleasant sleep, a nice gift as the first night back in a tent is usually one filled with tossing and turning as you get used to this different environment, we woke to a warm morning that promised an even warmer afternoon.  Our only real plan for the […]