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Take in the Beauty of Yosemite, but Take a GPS, Will You?

Apart from the climber’s dream of scaling El Capitan, there are a number of treasures in Yosemite, from scintillating scenery to impressive rock pools known to cool down climbers after a strenuous climb. Yet, what campers don’t know about Yosemite, is that it also happens to be one of the prime…

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The Redwoods – From Humboldt to Klamath

In June, our California friend, Lisa, came to visit again (what a sport!), but this time she flew into SFO so she too could see the redwood forests. It was to be a short trip, only four days, half of which would be driving, but we would make the best of it. I…

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Yosemite National Park in the Rain

There’s no doubt in my mind that Yosemite is beautiful no matter the weather, but we were perfectly satisfied with seeing it on a cloudy and occasionally rainy day. It was surprisingly cold, but light rain jackets were fine and Sherlock didn’t seem to mind napping in the truck while…

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Otherworldly Visit to Joshua Tree National Park

April 17th, 23rd and 24th 2016. Day 1 Ross and I arrived in Twentynine Palms, a mile from the Joshua Tree National Park entrance, on a Sunday. We had made our escape from the Phoenix heat around dusk on Saturday, making it to a Walmart parking in western Arizona by 10, and only…

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TBT: Angel’s Landing Trail, Zion National Park

Throwback Thursday needs a purpose around here, and I have a LOT of unfinished blogs waiting to be written. For this segment, we’ll go back to an awesome hike in Zion National Park in 2013. Nothing ever seems that long ago, maybe because we attempted the hike again last summer…

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Four Corners and Monument Valley Road Trip

Showing visitors amazing places, or discovering them together, is one of my favorite things about travel, and we don’t get visitors often. One Saturday in February, Ash and I left Ross alone at the cabin and took off with Sherlock to see the Four Corners National Monument and Monument Valley National Park.…

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Fourth of July Weekend – Zion National Park

We decided on the fly to go to Kanab, Utah for the 4th of July. We had stayed there 2 summers ago and really enjoyed the size and quaintness of the 4th of July celebration. There would be a small parade featuring interesting vehicles, people dressed up as hilarious characters…