Category National Parks and State Parks

KC Wedding – San Antonio

April 18-19 The easy drive north got us to Jessie and Dave’s place just after noon and we settled in for what would be a fairly quiet two nights and one day as Jessie would be working while we were there.  Dinner that first night would be excellent burgers Dave grilled for us, which was […]

KC Wedding – Adventure Cycling Texas Hill Country, Part Four

April 5 – 14 The next morning, we broke camp and set out for the shortest and what appeared to be the easiest day of the tour at 41 miles and 1,600 feet of climbing that turned into 45 miles and 1,932 due to a detour we would take.  For our last couple of days, […]

East Coast Fall 2021 – Death Valley

November 19-21 Today’s drive would be a more manageable at six or so hours and so; after a stop at a Starbucks for a Venti vanilla latte, we hit the I-40 and motored west.  Our many trips over the years have brought us along this route and thus the landmarks have become familiar.  Knowing we’d […]

ACA Idaho Trails Relaxed, Part Seven

June 24 – July 26, 2021 Finished with our snack, we drove the Highway 101 causeway across Young’s Bay and entered Astoria proper, ready for another full afternoon.  Our primary stop that afternoon would be the Flavel House Museum, built in 1885 in the Queen Anne architectural style, by George Flavel, a Columbia River bar […]

ACA Idaho Trails Relaxed, Part Six

June 24 – July 26, 2021 The Tillamook Creamery is just off the highway as you run through town, a new facility that opened in 2018 and now hosts over 1.3 million tourists each year.  Visitors can learn about the cheesemaking, cheese packaging, and the ice cream-making processes from a viewing gallery over the main […]

Hot Springs 2021, Part Three

May 13 – 24, 2021 We left Manzanar and drove the 13 miles or so back to Lone Pine to grab a bite to eat at the McDonalds there, making sure we would be full until we reached Tecopa, our destination for the day.  We’d be driving through Death Valley which has limited dining options […]

Hot Springs 2021, Part Two

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 […]

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 […]