Last stop to admire the mountains and autumn colors.
A bigger city than we had been getting used to, but still provided the serenity we were looking for.
An outdoors town where mountain bikers seem to outnumber the runners and hikers.
Passing over just before the winter arrives to close these roads.
A quiet capital that we explored much on foot.
A magical land that we'll always remember.
Cherished every piece of blue sky.
The smoke followed us here, but we made the best of it and enjoyed our first home in Montana.
Two mountains to climb above the smoke line for that clean fresh air.
A family backpacking trip in the books with full of food and thunder.
Another Thanksgiving spent camping in Death Valley. Caught in the middle of a storm this time, but was rewarded with snowy mountains and smaller crowds.
Truly a scenic drive, but also had much fun hopping around these orange rocks.
A nearby escape from the glitz and glam of the Strip.
A worthy scenic detour on the way to Las Vegas, hidden in plain sight from I-15.
Sunny days and chilly nights out in Desolation Wilderness, survived through noodle soups.
A crisp fall weekend for car camping, warmed up with an abundance of hot foods.
Spent much of the holiday weekend lying on the beach, coming out of it only a little sunburnt.
A remote park with much to see both above and below ground.
A few easy days in a laid-back city, conveniently encased by mountains.
Snow-capped mountains under blue skies, plus moose sightings. Can't complain!
Mother nature at its best with tons of unique geysers, abundant wildlife, and sweeping landscapes. We were fortunate enough to see bison (with calves!), bears (with cubs!), elk, mountain goats, and pronghorns. Eruptions by Grand and Castle Geysers were predictable in time, but did not anticipate the amount of excitement that followed.
Why this place was given its name explained itself quickly with funny rocks that looked like spread Nutella.
Broke up the long drive with some brief stops that let us appreciate the small town life.
A slower paced visit focused on the west side of Yosemite with a comfy lodge stay and pass through the trees of the Mariposa Grove.
Going further east than the typical LA trip, but got to enjoy plenty of snow and still get to the tasty favorites.
Driving up a portion of the Pacific Coast Highway with unceasing reasons to take your eyes off the road.
Winter has arrived so it's time to bring out the snowshoes!
An impromptu Yosemite trip led us to Glacier Point twice. First for the sweeping views down below and another for the uninhibited stars above.
No summit this time, but got to take it slow and relish the fall colors in broad daylight.
A long rugged walk on the beach with all sorts of marine life (and death). Camping on this secluded coast is an extraordinary escape from reality. The colossal waves crashing down not that many steps away somehow still sings you to sleep.
Absolutely beautiful from start to finish, with a little something different each day. Props to all the thru-hikers we saw!
Walking down memory lane with a campus tour, the usual bites, and everyone's favorite hike. Some bonus exploration on the coast led us to a raft of sea otters and some tidepools full of life.
It was an eventful winter weekend up in Tahoe. In the day we found ourselves digging cars out of the snow and combating fierce gusts of wind. During the long nights we cooked up feasts and watched the Olympics.
The South Rim gives off cold days as it reaches the brink of winter. Saw the canyon from a few vantage points and did some light hiking in the area.
Eating our way through the sprawling city, as always.
Some backcountry camping on a sandy volcanic trail to an ice cold lake.
Solid hiking and tall trees in these two parks. Rain showed up, but luckily did not stay too long.
A typical Los Angeles itinerary lined with food. Made our way to Ventura and took a day trip out to the Channel Islands. Saw much marine life on the ferry over, kayaked through some sea caves, and hiked the cliffs.
Short trip up to Yosemite during the busy summer season.
Successful summit on a beautiful sunny day! The temperature up top was perfect for a nice little picnic lunch.
Some spring snowshoeing, sledding, snowball fights, and snow sumo wrestling. Waited out the storm with circus shows, a casino buffet, and a hint of gambling.
Saw parks that offered both an escape into nature and rich human history. Counted down the new year with a hot air balloon rising in downtown Albuquerque. Green chile grilled cheese melt was to die for.
Celebrated Christmas in a downtown full of lights and rich of history. Delicious Texas BBQ was consumed.
A long flat drive brought us to a huge remote park with ever-changing scenery (and weather). Got a glimpse of Big Bend's greatest treasure: an unpolluted night sky.
Tons of cactus, big and small...and very big!
Caught a sunny autumn day to camp and hike in Yosemite Valley before the winter storms struck.
Clear skies kept the snow covered Mount Shasta in sight from miles and miles away.
The blues were very blue and the greens were very green in Southern Oregon. Got to get up close and personal, jumping into the lake and walking right up to the waterfalls.
Caves with ice in them year round provided shelter from the triple digit weather. Explored numerous caves and getting lost in one involved crawling on all fours out the wrong exit.
On a warm Fourth of July weekend, some lakes remained still and frozen, while others were frequented by fly fishers and surrounded by lush green grass.
A typical day working remotely from Lake Tahoe: an early morning hike into the mountains, many hours typing away at the local coffee shop, an evening stroll by the lake, and finally back to the campsite to make dinner over the fire.
Day trip to Joshua Tree followed by a week of food and friends in Los Angeles.
Winter storms chased us out of this park sooner than we would have liked, but we still got to see its colorful canyons. We will be back springtime for fruit picking!
Both parks offered some breathtaking views. Moab was also a lovely town to base our park visits from.
These parks were chilly this time of year, especially in a tent. However, that also meant far fewer crowds, plus the chance to see both fall and winter colors.
Pit stop in Las Vegas came with a delicious milkshake, a heavenly buffet, and the Hoover Dam. On the way back, we had Korean BBQ for Thanksgiving dinner.
Attempted to summit Mount Whitney, but gave up due to lack of proper snow gear. Lesson learned! Got to enjoy the quieter side of Yosemite the following day.
Weekend trip up the forested Northern California coast to camp under the towering redwood trees.
Sightseeing and overeating shoved between Comic-Con in San Diego and a wedding in Santa Barbara.
Spent Thanksgiving week camping and hiking in the desert. Almost ran out gas...twice. Unpolluted night sky for stargazing.
A pleasant trip that included a castle, a mission, beaches, mountains, and the greatest enchilada ever.