Category National Parks and State Parks

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 […]

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 […]