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

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

Grand Canyon National Park

Arizona

The Grand Canyon is without a doubt one of the most awe inspiring places on the face of this earth. As some of you may recall from an earlier post, I got skunked on seeing the canyon from both the … 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

Before the Journey

After a major snafu that came about after a recent WordPress (blog site) update I’m even more behind on my blogging than normal. I’m grateful that I’ve been sitting still in the San Diego area for awhile. Sitting still means … Continue reading

Experiencing “The Wave”

At last writing I left you all wondering if I ever got my coveted permit to hike “The Wave”. Sorry to leave you on the edge of your seats longer than I had planned. After several days of “off-grid” tent … Continue reading