Big Trees, They Got ‘Em!

Next stop, giant redwood trees. Nothing could have prepared us for the impact. Even seeing the giant sequoias did not prepare us.  One minute we were driving along, looking at the scenery, then BAM.  Next minute we are in a dark, shaded grove of giant redwoods.  Stunning.  Majestic.  Awe-inspiring.  To say the least. We spent one… Continue reading Big Trees, They Got ‘Em!

Coastal Living

Morro Bay, California came highly recommended.  A neighbor in our Prescott National Forest campground told us it is his favorite place, and he also suggested a forest campground near there.  We found it.  Cerro Alto Campground isn’t on the beach, which was a good thing at the time, since it was incredibly windy along the… Continue reading Coastal Living

Missy in Wonderland

We left the Alabama Hills, vowing to come back and explore lots more one day.  We were ready for green and big trees and mountains.  We stopped in at the Sequoia National Forest ranger office in Lake Isabella and the ranger suggested Cedar Creek campground.  She said it’s really beautiful and a creek runs through… Continue reading Missy in Wonderland

Out of the Valley and Into the Hills

On our last morning in Vegas we walked down to The Beat for coffee.  I ordered “the biggest coffee you have, please” to which the barista replied, “I can respect that.” We browsed the record albums and the art while she brewed a fresh pot.  The gentle sunlight coming through the windows and the not-fancy furnishings… Continue reading Out of the Valley and Into the Hills

Mountain Lying Down

Our first view of the Grand Canyon was from the South Rim near the El Tovar hotel.  I had the immediate and strange sensation that it wasn’t real, simply a very convincing three dimensional image.  It’s something everyone should see for themselves.  Words cannot describe the vastness, the colors, the light. Driving east along the South… Continue reading Mountain Lying Down

Treat Yo’ Self: Sedona Edition

The Sedona area was breathtakingly beautiful, starting with the scenic, foggy, rainy-day drive down Highway 89A from Flagstaff.  The old part of town is very pedestrian friendly with tons of shops and restaurants, so… we decided it was treat yo’ self day.  For Wayne, a new hat (Stetson, no less); for Pam, a pair of silver… Continue reading Treat Yo’ Self: Sedona Edition

Sometimes It Snows in April

The Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest has splendid dispersed camping opportunities.  Some of the roads are ROUGH, but there’s something for everyone and every type of vehicle.  Again, Missy was the happiest pup ever, running free and smelling all the smells.  We climbed the little mountain, we played in the snow, we… Continue reading Sometimes It Snows in April