Category National Parks and State Parks

West Coast Summer 2017 – Kamp Angst

August 13-16 It was a festive night at Kamp Angst that evening as we celebrated yet another gathering at this place that means so much to us.  Coming here was the first trip Joanna and I took as a couple not long after we moved in together in 1981 and we’ve returned almost every year […]

West Coast Tour 2016 – Mt. Lassen National Park

  Timeline: September 27-28 We ate breakfast in the room at the Budget Inn, checked out, gassed up next door at the Pilot, topped off the coffee mug and headed south on Highway 97 towards Klamath Falls and our destination for the next two nights, Mt. Lassen Volcanic National Park.  It is centered around Lassen […]

West Coast Tour 2016 – Crater Lake – Part Two

  Timeline: September 25-26 The next morning, we drove back to Crater Lake, entered the park and headed down the East Rim just past the Phantom Ship viewpoint to the turn off to the Pinnacles.  A few miles down the road we parked and did a two mile out and back hike to Plaikni Falls.  […]

West Coast Tour 2016 – Crater Lake – Part One

Timeline: September 25-26 We accessed Crater Lake at the western entrance and drove straight to the Visitors Center, arriving right around 1pm.  We had arrived just in time to take in the 20-minute informational film about the park which gave us very good background on the lake’s origins and explains its appeal.  We then drove […]

West Coast Tour 2016 – Moab – Part Two

  Timeline: September 7-11 With four nights and three full days in Moab, we decided to dedicate Friday to bike riding, relaxing and shopping.  We’d inquired about road bike routes around town (there are hundreds of miles of dirt biking trails close by) and with information in hand took off from camp heading north out […]

West Coast Tour 2016 – Moab

Timeline: September 7-11 The drive from Parker to Moab would be fairly simple, with portions along the I-70 we’d traveled many times.  This is a scenic route, crossing over the Rockies at Loveland Pass, the highway carving through steep canyons as sun capped mountain peaks twinkle in the distance.  Crossing into Utah you leave the […]

West Coast Tour 2016 – Black Hills – Part One

Timeline: August 30-September 2 We’d be shifting locations this day, heading 130 miles west to Spearfish for four nights to get us closer to the tourist sites we wanted to visit, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial and Wind Caves National blah.  We’d make a stop in Rapid City to drop off the Highlander for service, […]