Category Archive: California

Visiting Tom’s Granddaughters in Southern California

We left Utah last week to begin our 3 ½ month RV trip with our first stop in southern California, where Tom’s daughter, son-in-law, and 2 granddaughter now live. We had visited them… Continue reading

Passing through the Redwoods, a Wedding in Yosemite, and a Visit with Tom’s Daughter and Granddaughter

We left the Oregon coast a few days before we were scheduled to be at Yosemite for Tom’s niece Katie’s wedding in order to stop in the Redwoods. Though Tom and I have… Continue reading

Goodbye, Oregon

My last day and a half on the Oregon coast I spent largely in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. Coastlines of jagged, black volcanic rock and rough waters make this area dramatic, and… Continue reading

Return to the Redwoods

I spent the next few days revisiting the Redwoods – specifically Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, and Redwoods National Park – soaking up the stillness of the… Continue reading

California Coast, Part 2: Big Sur, More California Beaches, Point Arena Lighthouse, and Some Amazing Beer at North Coast Brewing Company

My next couple days traveling up the coast before hitting the Redwoods were definitely more sunny, lightening the sapphire blue water in the coves as I neared Big Sur. The stretch of California… Continue reading

California Coast, Part 1: Solace, Beaches, Elephant Seals, Other Seals, Otters, a Hike, a Lighthouse, and a Stop at 927 Beer Company

The third week of April I left Utah for a 2 week solo trip, starting just north of Morro Bay on the California Coast. I had seen stretches of the Pacific Coast in… Continue reading

Death Valley National Park, Part 4: Sightseeing and Touristing

Our last day at Death Valley was packed with multiple short hikes, pieced together from our plans that had included areas effected by recent mudslides. We began the morning driving up to Dante’s… Continue reading

Death Valley National Park, Part 3: Mosaic Canyon

After we left Ubehebe Crater we attempted to hike into Titus Canyon Narrows, but with a mile the sky darkened and the wind picked up dramatically as a rain storm came over the… Continue reading

Death Valley National Park, Part 2: Desolation Canyon and Ubehebe and Little Hebe Craters

On the afternoon of our arrival in Death Valley we headed out to Desolation Canyon for a short hike before sunset. Near the mouth, the canyon resembled piles of sediment washed down from… Continue reading

Impressions of Death Valley

Death Valley is unsettling. Eerie. Forbidding. Unforgiving. The otherworldly topography combined with the amount of empty space seems somehow wrong and – more so – unfit for habitation. It’s difficult to describe except… Continue reading