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!

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

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

Wild Camping

Real life, out in the wilderness camping. Some people call it “wild camping” or “boondocking.” The official US Forest Service term is “dispersed camping.” But it all means the same thing: camping no more than 300 feet from the side of the road in a National Forest or on BLM land. We headed to the… Continue reading Wild Camping

Davy, Davy Crockett!

Now THIS is a campground. Within Davy Crockett National Forest in East Texas is the Ratcliff Recreation Area. (There are neither rats nor cliffs. Ponder.) This place is only a 45-minute drive west of Angelina National Forest, and had we known how much nicer it was, we would have driven away from Caney Creek in… Continue reading Davy, Davy Crockett!