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 ...
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Annie Creek Sno Park sign

Camping in Sno Parks near Crater Lake National Park

Snow parks (spelled and signed as sno parks) can be a great place to camp, away from the main road ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Big Sur under the supermoon

Big Sur under the supermoon

The moon was closest to the Earth in 2017 as a “super moon” on December 3rd. We enjoyed its brilliant ...
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Explore the Minnietta cabin's mining history

Explore the Minnietta cabin’s mining history

The desert mountain ranges going into Death Valley contain many canyons where old mine shafts, cabins, millsites and various ghost ...
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The Barker Ranch house Manson used as his hide out

Shadows of the past at the Manson hideout

A favorite “short cut” into Death Valley from the west side of the Panamint Range is to go across Goler ...
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Big Sur's Mud Creek Slide

Big Sur’s Mud Creek Slide

This summer 11 miles of Highway 1 was cut off to the rest of the world and only accessible via ...
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Death Valley itinerary and menu

Death Valley itinerary and menu

Part of the fun of planning your trip is getting out a good map and choosing where you want to ...
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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 ...
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