Category National Parks and State Parks

West Coast Spring 2018 – San Juan Island, Part Three

July 17 – 20 Leaving English Camp, we continued south onto West Side Road, stopping briefly at one of a number of Alpaca Farms, the animals having been recently shaved to harvest their wool and keep them cool in the summer heat. Not long after that we arrived at Lime Kiln Point State Park, a […]

West Coast Spring 2018 – San Juan Island, Part Two

July 17 – 20 As planned, we took off the next morning on our bikes to attempt a ride around the island.  Turning left out of the resort onto Roche Harbor Road we continued north to the tip of the island, skirting its airport and making a brief stop at Roche Harbor there before turning […]

West Coast Spring 2018 – Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

June 30 – July 2 We broke camp the next morning and with a nice four-hour drive ahead of us stopped in Fort Bragg for a breakfast at the coffee joint we’d visited in prior trips, Headlands Coffeehouse.  It was crowded when we arrived with just one small table open, which we grabbed while ordering […]

West Coast Spring 2018 – Russian Gulch State Park, Part Two

June 27 – 29 Joanna had a 1:00pm appointment at one of her favorite stables, Ricochet Ridge Ranch, the next day, just north of the Fort Bragg city limits.  She has ridden here a number of times before and likes the general sense of freedom they give you on the horse (you don’t have to […]

West Coast Spring 2018 – Russian Gulch State Park

June 27 – 29 After a pretty good breakfast at the Best Western, we loaded up the car and headed out, for what we’d originally anticipated would be a short drive, but turned out to be longer as we opted to head to Highway 1 instead of Highway 101 for the journey to Russian Gulch […]

West Coast Spring 2018 – Yosemite, Part Two

June 18 – 20 Our plan for the day was to hike out of Happy Isles and take the Muir Trail towards Vernal Falls.  Some folks in the group were either recovering from knee surgery or on their way towards it and so it was agreed that those who felt like it would go as […]

West Coast Spring 2018 – Yosemite, Part One

June 18 – 20 After leaving San Luis Obispo and our hearty lunch, we made good time into Oakland and caught a break with the traffic.  With luck on our side we found a spot on the street close to the apartment where we could park for the two hours needed to get us to […]