My Death Valley Reunion

The morning after our Whitney attempt, we immediately hit the road for the scorching hot temperatures of my beloved valley. We checked out (most of) Father John Crawley Vista on the way in. I've done that drive many times before, but it offer so many great views. The Panamint dunes are hanging out there in … Continue reading My Death Valley Reunion

Redwood National Park | Rocky Coasts and Tall Trees

After getting a late start leaving Oakland, we began the long trek to the Redwoods. We intended to hit up the coastal National Park section of the parks and got there at around dinner time. We rushed to buy our souvenir magnets, then hit up the beach briefly. It was cool and breezy, but the … Continue reading Redwood National Park | Rocky Coasts and Tall Trees

Middle America: Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio

After Idaho, we had a day to spend with friends in Logan, Utah. We got some Aggie Ice Cream, saw some local shops and cafes, and had a nice time with one of the nicest families I've met. We saw some nature-y dams and got to get some great views of Bear Lake on the … Continue reading Middle America: Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio

Los Angeles: A Big County with a Small Dream

I've spent a long weekend in LA before and enjoyed it very much. We had stayed in Marina del Rey and kept to the Venice Beach/Santa Monica area except for a drive on Rodeo and a quick jaunt to see the Hollywood sign. This year, I made sure that LA was on the itinerary for … Continue reading Los Angeles: A Big County with a Small Dream

Zion National Park: Big because it’s small?

After my skydiving experience, we headed into Zion National Park. There were a ton of signs saying "Zion parking full, park in town." This warning didn't deter me because ALL of the "town" parking was over $15 for the day, and one still needed to take the shuttle from there. We took our chances and … Continue reading Zion National Park: Big because it’s small?

Crater Lake: A Caldera of Pollen

We drove up through the forests of Oregon in the morning. We were messy and tired that morning, but entered the tiny principal park VC to ask questions and buy magnets. We decided upon driving North on the West side of the park which a ranger told us was the more scenic route. Greg decided … Continue reading Crater Lake: A Caldera of Pollen

The 90s are actually alive in Portland

Everything was different as soon as we entered the city of Portland. We had slept in the car at a rest stop the night before, so we weren't feeling great, but the 90s vibes really perked me up. Greg had been waiting his whole life to get Voo Doo doughnuts, so that was our obvious … Continue reading The 90s are actually alive in Portland

Denver: Not the Only Mile-High City

We spent two nights near Denver while visiting Rocky Mountain National Park. On our way out of the area, we had to stop at the Colorado State Capitol and a doughnut place Greg had been eyeing up. We were disappointed to learn that this Capitol is closed on the weekends. We did a lap around … Continue reading Denver: Not the Only Mile-High City

Lake Tahoe | Another Lake in the High Sierras

We landed in South Lake Tahoe after a day of driving. (Side note: on the way there, I got a speeding ticket for going 45 on a poorly-marked highway in Nevada where the speed limit was 25. 25 MPH on the highway? A highway with a crosswalk? Unbelievable. I saw someone get pulled over in the … Continue reading Lake Tahoe | Another Lake in the High Sierras