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8 Free Things to Do at Balboa Park

Back in the 1800s, it was a common practice for the Spanish and Mexican governments to set aside large tracts of land for common use…

Las Vegas: Life in the Fast Lane

During our time in Death Valley our good friend Dennis decided to come down from the Camino Island in Washington to check out the Super…

Spectacular Views of Death Valley National Park

Our first stop in Death Valley was a spot called Dante's View. What makes it such a good starting place is that it overlooks a…

Death Valley Sand and Pupfish!

If you're much of a Star Wars fan like we are, you may remember the scene in New Hope where C3P0 and R2D2 are arguing on…

Colors of Death Valley National Park

One of my favorite spots in Death Valley is Zabriskie Point. From this vantage point, we were surrounded by an unearthly desert landscape filled with wild erosion lines and the…

Driving in Death Valley National Park

Our trip to Death Valley was precipitated by a tip from our friend Dennis about the super bloom just getting under way. He was planning…

Death Valley: Would you like salt with that?

Our first day exploring death valley was a low point of our American journey; -282 feet below sea level to be exact; as low as…

Super bloom, Super Awesome in Death Valley!

Trail and I were enjoying southern Arizona and planning to continue making our way deeper into the state when I got a Facebook message from…

Revisiting Joshua Tree National Park

The amazing views of Joshua Tree National Park griped us so well on our first trip, that returning for a longer stay seemed natural.  One…

The Salton Sea

When we first drove up to the Salton Sea State Recreation Area, the sky was clear and the weather unusually warm for this time of…

Exploring My History

One of the fun things you can do while traveling the country is make connections with your ancestry by visiting places connected to your families past.…

Slow Motion: Lingering in Southern California

Since Christmas we've been moored at my long time friend Tom's home in beautiful southern California. Tom is a kind soul and invited us to…

Temescal Sulpher Springs & Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa

Many years before European settlers, the First Peoples of Southern California bathed in the natural sulfur hot springs of the Temescal Valley for spiritual rites.…

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano was first founded by Father Lasuen and on October 30, 1775, a group of padres and soldiers moved in. Their stay…

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Along the coast of Southern California, and within the community of La Jolla, San Diego, is two thousand acres of coastal state park called Torrey…

Walking the Hollywood Strip

Anne is not too fond of urban adventures and much prefers to be out in nature, that's why she is Trail after all. I on the…

Cabrillo National Monument

We decided to hit the beach while in San Diego and Trail (Anne) picked out a spot that happened to be at Cabrillo National Monument…

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is absolutely the kind of place I was hoping to visit when we decided to set sail on America's interstates. Foremost of…

La Brea Tar Pits

La Brea, in the words of Admiral Ackbar, “It's a trap!” For thousands of years animals, lured by fresh water or an easy meal have…

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Now that the holiday crowds and storm clouds have passed us by we have started venturing out from our southern California base camp to explore…

San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park in Pictures

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Valley Center, CA

In 1845, just two years before the discovery of gold in California, a town was founded just outside of San Diego. It was considered fully…

San Francisco

During our stay in the Sacramento, we decided to brave the traffic into San Francisco and take a guided tour of the city courtesy of…

Moaning Cavern in Vallecito, CA

As much as I have explored monster ridden caves in worlds of fantasy I had yet to step into the real thing until just yesterday…

Sundial Bridge of Turtle Bay in Redding, CA

The Sundial Bridge is a cantilever spar cable-stayed bridge for use by bicycles and pedestrians. She spans across the Sacramento River at 700 feet, while the support…

Fast Forward

One of our goals is to take our time while traveling. For one thing it's cheaper, but more importantly there is an awful lot to…

Lemurians of Mt Shasta and Shasta Lake

A continent called Lemuria exists beneath Mt. Shasta. Lemuria sunk and the people had fled to the hollow earth below the mountain. Living deep inside…