Top Eleven Favorite Places from My Three Year Long Road Trip

As many of you know, I’ve relinquished my “full-time road warrior” status in order to be closer to my parents in my hometown of Longview Washington. Here, I am within minutes of my Dad’s house as well as my Mom … Continue reading

Northern California

Come away, Oh human child To the waters and the wild.  –Yeats After leaving the coast I spent a few days visiting several dear friends in the Bay area and in Sacramento before continuing up the highway toward Lassen Volcanic … Continue reading

California Coast- Morro Bay to Big Sur

The bright orange poppies I saw decorating the hills around Merced River near Yosemite brought back such vivid memories of my college years that I couldn’t resist the urge to revisit the California Coast before continuing my trek north. It meant backtracking … Continue reading

Return to Yosemite

“Down through the middle of the Valley flows the crystal Merced, River of Mercy, peacefully quiet, reflecting lilies and trees and the onlooking rocks; things frail and fleeting and types of endurance meeting here and blending in countless forms, as … Continue reading

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

After rounding the southern end of the Sierras and working my way through a week long self imposed lock-down in Bakersfield I merrily rolled along toward Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. I have yet to figure out if this … Continue reading

Alabama Hills and the Eastern Sierras

California

Wow! That was the first word that went through my mind (and most likely out of my mouth) when I rounded a bend in the road and saw Alabama Hills for the first time. As I mentioned in my last … Continue reading

A Journey into Death Valley

Death Valley National Park

At last writing I was hitting the road after flying Elissa back to Dallas from the Las Vegas airport. As I’ve stated many times before (probably every single time I’ve flown her back home since I started this journey) it … Continue reading

Joshua Tree and Lake Havasu

Joshua Tree National Park

I had mixed feelings when I pulled out of Lake Jennings Campground last month. I’d been camped there for more than two months (short of my side trips to Anza Borrego and Carlsbad) and the place had really grown on … Continue reading

California Coast, Lake Jennings and the Seahawks’ gift to Dad

After four days of tent camping in Anza Borrego Desert while celebrating New Years with friends, I headed for the refreshing coast of California. Carlsbad to be exact. South Carlsbad State Beach to be even more exact. I camped here … Continue reading

With Winter Approaching (and Elissa too!)…

Crunch time… between hikes! Time to get caught up on my blogging. At this very moment I am camped in Grand Canyon National Park which, interestingly, is where I left off on the last tale of my adventure… on my … Continue reading