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

Coyote Buttes, Coral Pink Sand Dunes and Dinosaur Tracks!

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After my amazing, wonder-filled visits to Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks it was time to move on to yet another place that had long been on my “bucket list”. I read about “The Wave” (part of Coyote Buttes North … Continue reading

The Magic of Bryce Canyon

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Once again I’m astonished at the length of time it has taken me to get to a post. I can blame my ongoing struggle with inconsistent (and often nonexistent) internet connection for most of the delay, but I also enjoyed … Continue reading

Be Still My Heart… Love Zion! (part 2)

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While visiting with the park ranger (mentioned in the last post) who was so helpful with her trail suggestions, I asked her if any would be preferable… photographically speaking… early or late in the day. Thankfully she had some knowledge … Continue reading

Be Still My Heart… Love Zion! (part 1)

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Zion National Park is a place I have anticipated seeing for a very long time. I was actually heading there in the early spring of 2012 when I had my first (and thankfully minor) breakdown in The Beast. That happened … Continue reading

The Valley of Fire

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After being derailed with mechanical problems for a few days, the extremely uneventful drive between Mammoth Lakes and Las Vegas was a welcome change. When I say uneventful I mean that there was really nothing of significance in between, and … Continue reading

The Ghost Town of Bodie

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As mentioned in my last post, I accumulated far too many images during my visit to Bodie State Historical Park to combine in that post. This “ghost town” warranted a post all it’s own. I have always been drawn to old historic … Continue reading

Continuing South Through California and Nevada

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I’ve said this before, and I continue to think it… I really have to plant myself in some horribly ugly and unappealing place so that I can get caught up on my work. The more I hike and explore, the … Continue reading

Traveling South Through Central Oregon

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After two and a half months in my home state of Washington it was time once again to move south while the roads (mountain passes in particular) were still clear of snow and ice. After bidding my family farewell I … Continue reading

Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula

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After an amazing day in Mount Rainier National Park I headed north toward Seattle. Three of my brothers and several of my friends live in the vicinity and I hoped to spend time with as many of them as possible. … Continue reading