We arrived at Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks on a Saturday in early April. The park was still in winter-mode, with most of the campgrounds closed for the season. The one campground on the Sequoia National Park side that was open was completely full (unsurprising, as it was a Saturday). Another campground on the Kings Read More →

From Idyllwild we headed toward Sequioa National Park to see big trees. [ John here: Despite what Heidi says…. We *actually* went there here to HUG big trees, seeing them was a side-effect. ] I still needed to re-print one more tax form at the library, which didn’t open until noon, so we left Idyllwild pretty late. Also Read More →

The proposed hiking plan that led us to Idyllwild, CA was a very ambitious 11 mile, 4,400 foot elevation change round-trip to the peak of Mount San Jacinto. While we love challenging hikes, the trailhead for this hike was 6 miles down the highway and we also love not driving the van in the middle Read More →

When we visited San Diego my friend who lives there was out of town, so we agreed to meet for a hike on Mount San Jacinto, east of Los Angeles, the following weekend. Mount San Jacinto State Park has two campgrounds and the adjacent San Bernardino National Forest also has some campgrounds. Out of all Read More →

From San Diego we drove up Highway 1 (well, we entered Highway 1 at it’s southern terminus in Dana Point) to Santa Monica to meet friends of mine, Curt and his wife Michelle, for dinner. We stopped at a beautiful spot in Huntington Beach for lunch. Most of this particular segment of 1 is not Read More →

At the cave tour in Carlsbad Caverns we met a young couple on a similar trip as us, only headed the opposite direction. On their recommendation we decided to take surfing lessons in San Diego and headed there from Joshua Tree. Our first evening there we took a night-time walk on Mission Bay path to see the Pacific Read More →

Second to the Joshua Tree itself, the fascinating sculptures and gravity-defying piles of rocks are one of most prominent features of the landscape in Joshua Tree National Park. The land looks as if a giant moved rocks into piles, leaving vast swaths of land boulder-free with towering stacks of stones scattered about, many sculpted into artistic forms. Read More →