Burned forest in Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument

Camping after the California wildfires

The far-reaching vastness of the California wildfires was staggering as we camped in Northern California this May. Equally amazing was ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Umpqua River Lighthouse

Lighthouses and camping in Oregon

Oregon has 9 lighthouses along its beautiful coastline. Camping along Hwy 101 and visiting these lighthouses, make for an educational ...
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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 ...
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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, mill sites and various ...
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Shadows of the past at the Manson hideout

Shadows of the past at the Manson hideout

Tucked into a remote corner of the Goler Wash in Death Valley, is the Barker Ranch, infamous for once being ...
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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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