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 combatting 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. Delicous Texas BBQ was consumed.
A long flat drive brought us to a huge remote park with everchanging 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 an escape 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.
Fun times camping by Lake Tahoe with family and friends. Saw fireworks over the lake for the Fourth of July. Stopped in the small quaint town of Truckee on the way back.