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Desert sunset behind the Sierras

Handy tips for 4×4 camping in Death Valley

Here is my short list of important tips to help make your trip more of a fun adventure than an unpleasant ordeal. Carry TWO spare tires. Expect to have a ...
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Wildflowers' beautiful perseverance

Wildflowers’ beautiful perseverance

Wild flowers inspire me with their perseverance. Despite their fragile appearance, these flowers are tough! Wildflowers adapt themselves to periods of drought by banking seeds when rain is scarce. This ...
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Rock formation in The Indians

Camping at The Indians in Big Sur

The Indians Ranch area in Big Sur’s Ventana Wilderness is a great place for dispersed camping. Early spring is a great time to see the blooming wildflowers, majestic rock formations ...
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Inyo Mine ghost town structure

Ghost town at Inyo Mine

Ghost towns from the booms and busts of gold, silver and assorted mineral mines are scattered all through Death Valley National Park. Lonely ruins from the promise of gold are ...
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Umpqua River Lighthouse

Lighthouses and camping in Oregon

Oregon has 9 lighthouses along its beautiful coast line. Camping along Hwy 101 and visiting these lighthouses, makes for an educational as well as scenic trip, taking you back in ...
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Annie Creek Sno Park sign

Snow Park camping near Crater Lake

Snow parks (spelled and signed as Sno Parks) can be a great place to camp, away from the main road. Crater Lake National Park has limited campground camping, and no ...
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How do you define camping?

How do you define camping?

Camping is a word that evokes as many different ways to be outdoors as there are different people. Camping can be anything from backpacking in the remote wilderness to sleeping in ...
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Highway 1 reopens after mudslide in Big Sur!

Highway 1 reopens after mudslide in Big Sur!

Big Sur campers rejoice! Scenic Highway 1 reopened 2 months early after a section of road had been completely cut-off by the Mud Creek Slide last May of 2017. Cal ...
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Making Trax Camping on Pinterest

Pin your camping trips and tips

I find Pinterest to be a great tool for collecting and researching good camping tips and information. You can use Pinterest like you would a search engine such as Google, ...
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Top 10 beauty tips for the dry outdoors

Top 10 beauty tips for the dry outdoors

While camping in the arid regions your skin and hair need extra care so you don't feel like a dried out piece of jerky by the time you get back ...
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Old mine steam boiler

Jail Canyon – 4×4 to miner’s cabin and gold mine in Death Valley

Jail Canyon is a worthy day trip as well as an interesting place to camp. The ghost town of Ballarat lies within easy driving distance with a small store and ...
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