Eureka! …Or Thereabouts

Orick, California, USA

From Fort Bragg we opted to take highway 20 inland and up highway 101 to drive The Avenue of The Giants. If the weather had cooperated we would have found a place to park The Beast and take Zippy (the … Continue reading

After the Storm… Petaluma and Point Reyes

Our stop in Petaluma was a particularly special one to John because we camped on the very Coast Guard Base he lived on for six years before his retirement in 2003. According to him not much has changed in Petaluma … Continue reading

California Coast- Santa Cruz to Pacifica

California, Highway 1, USA

After Big Sur and Monterey we continued north to Santa Cruz. The only real reason for our stop there was to see some old friends of mine who John had met once before. Mindy… a long time friend… drove from … Continue reading

Up the Coast… Santa Barbara and Morro Bay

Morro Bay, California, USA

The morning after our visit to the Channel Islands, we headed for my old stompin’ grounds… Santa Barbara! I lived in this beautiful town for nearly four years in the early 1980s. While there I studied and got my degree … Continue reading

Santa Cruz Island- Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park, USA

From Joshua Tree National Park we hopped over to Fairways RV Resort (another military campground, and one of the nicest we’ve stayed at thus far) in Port Hueneme… just down the road from our next adventure. The following morning we … Continue reading

Joshua Tree National Park

California, USA

The drive from Saguaro National Park near Tucson to Joshua Tree National Park in California wasn’t that long… only about five hours… but it was wrought with bucking winds for the latter part of the drive. Unless you’ve driven a … Continue reading

Saguaro National Park, and Tucson

Tucson, Arizona, USA

I forgot to mention that our return from Mexico was punctuated with a puncture. (Yep, that pun was intended.) One of Zippys tires went flat with a hiss right as John tucked her in behind The Beast in our campsite … Continue reading

Christmas in The Desert… Cave Creek

Cave Creek Regional Park, Arizona, USA

We left Alamo Lake and headed back to Phoenix, and then turned north. Cave Creek Regional Park is not far out of town, but it sure feels like it is. The campground is very spacious, and surrounded by desert, hills, … Continue reading

Arizona… The Only Thing Missing is an Ocean Beach!

Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona, USA

After parting with the masses at Grand Canyon we moved on south to Lost Dutchman State Park, a place I had enjoyed once before. The campground sits at the base of Superstition Mountain, about 40 miles east of downtown Phoenix, … Continue reading

Grand Canyon… Such a Fitting Name!

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA

Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most jaw-dropping places I’ve ever seen. I don’t think there’s a way to actually capture, in still images OR motion picture, just how vast and magnificent it is. (And I’ve seen some … Continue reading