We were descending the Clear Creek Trail at 8,000 ft, near the tree line, on the south slope of Mt Shasta. I watched the shadow of a large bird trace across an open area devoid of trees and looked up to see a bald eagle soar upslope. It was a warm, clear day and the … Continue reading The Shasta Trinity Wilderness: Full of Surprises
Boca Springs Campground is just 15 minutes off I80 east of Truckee but feels far away from the traffic and crowds that visit Lake Tahoe year around. At 5,900 ft, set on the edge of a meadow kept green by — you guessed it — Boca Springs, the 18 campsites are set well apart so you … Continue reading Boca Springs Campground and the Tahoe Rim Trail
Searching for campgrounds within a few hours drive of my house, I came across one that appeared promising; Trout Creek Campground in the PG&E Eel River Area near Lake Pillsbury. Some of the sites are reservable and some are first come/first served. We decided to give it a try even though I could not find any hiking trails … Continue reading Trout Creek: Fine Campground, Hiking Opportunities Limited
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park may be the only place where you can camp in a beautiful meadow, close to nice clean hot showers, visit a terrific public observatory, and then hike a trail with informative markers placed to scale to show you the relative distances of the planets from the Sun. Very cool. The Robert Ferguson Observatory is … Continue reading Hiking the Solar System at Sugarloaf Ridge
Serendipity: “the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for” according to Websters, which in our case meant deciding to hike the Tomales Point Trail and being unexpectedly overwhelmed with wildflowers! The trail is located in Point Reyes National Seashore. That national park is a treasure, filled with remarkable animals like a subspecies … Continue reading Serendipity Squared: Tomales Point in Bloom
Pinnacles National Park offers a fascinating blend of rich wildlife and complex geology, presented on a background of spectacular scenery featuring 22 million year old volcanic formations.
As in Henry Coe State Park, the largest state park in Northern California, covering over 87,000 acre, with a huge number of hiking trails and a varied terrain.
Sedona is full of “energy vortex” absurdity and noisy off-road Jeep tours. But the hiking is free, and it is spectacular!
Ano Nuevo State Park is home to one of the largest mainland elephant seal rookeries in the world...
When it comes to personal living spaces; whether it be a house, boat, or trailer, there is always room for improvement.