June Lake Loop

June 16, 2016 | 14

Saturday, June 11 I part the slats of my blinds and peer out at the new day. The pine trees stand in ranks like dark sentinels under a gray sky. Well, won’t be getting much in the way of solar power today so that nixes staying home and working on the computer. As it’s not…

Mammoth Lakes Campgrounds

June 13, 2016 | 54

Wednesday, June 8 (cont’d) After the fun day at Rock Creek, I come home to the most unique sunset I’ve ever experienced. As last light hits the White mountains, a band of clouds overhead turn soft white, like a beacon. The band extends from north to south. The white fades with the sun and I…

Rock Creek Canyon

June 10, 2016 | 42

Wednesday, June 8 The day is already heating up as I exit 395 at Toms Place, CA onto Rock Creek Road. A sign looms ahead on the right: Rock Creek Recreation Area, Inyo National Forest. There are several NF campgrounds along this road, but I don’t stop at any of them. Local Knowledge says they’re…

Crowley Lake and McGee Campgrounds

June 3, 2016 | 41

Thursday, June 2 Southern California is in the grip of a heat wave. The past two nights I’ve gone to bed in shorts with all windows open and still felt warm, not to mention what the days have been like. Record high temperatures are expected this weekend. That settles it, time to go. Heat like…

Whitney Portal Road Campgrounds

May 31, 2016 | 36

Saturday, May 28 The Alabama Hills is a superb boondocking location. Private, large spots set in a sprawling wonderland of sculpted boulders, majestic mountain vistas to the west and east, a nearby town for supplies and several points of interest worth visiting, and nearly endless hiking and exploring opportunities. In the mornings, I put on…

Alabama Hills: Lone Pine, CA

May 27, 2016 | 51

Wednesday, May 25 I’m a typing fiend in the morning, catching up on comments and e-mails bright and early before leaving for my next camp, which by all accounts has very marginal phone reception not suitable for getting online. By 10 I’m finally hitched up and rolling down the washboard road out of Sawtooth Canyon…

Quiet Days at Sawtooth

May 20, 2016 | 41

Monday, May 16 (continued) I had mixed emotions about coming back to Sawtooth Canyon Campground. When I started boondocking in January, I’d decided somewhat arbitrarily that I didn’t want to visit the same camp twice in the same year. There are so many great places to see, and to me one of the points of…

Back To The Desert

May 17, 2016 | 22

Friday, May 13 After dry camping in parking lots in the town of Gilroy for three uneventful days, sandwiched between mountain ranges where the weather is more reasonable, I finally get word from the rescue on where Jessica needs to go. East of LA. Back south into the desert. It throws a wrench into my…

Mt. Madonna County Park, CA

May 10, 2016 | 55

Saturday, May 7 My time at Park Delta Bay is up and early in the afternoon I make the two and a half hour drive to Mt. Madonna County Park, part of the Santa Clara park system south of San Jose. At $40 a night it isn’t cheap, but it’s no more expensive than Delta…

California Delta

April 29, 2016 | 32

Really I had no idea what to expect when I got here, I just selected it for the convenient distance from where the visit was going to take place. As it turns out, it’s a pretty cool and unique place. I’m staying at Park Delta Bay, right across the “street” from the San Joaquin River. Street…

Upheaval

April 26, 2016 | 85

Edit 5/21/16: “Jessica” did not end up working out, but I decided to leave this post untouched other than to add this disclaimer at the top so new readers aren’t wondering why I never talk about her. I ended up fostering her for almost three weeks before driving her down to her new family near…

Down By the River

April 22, 2016 | 19

Monday, April 18 Morning sun glints off the water, the Mallard couple are lounging on a rock nearby, and a breeze rustles the leaves of the cottonwoods. I’m happily engrossed in a book, enjoying the peace and quiet that comes after the weekend when a new sound breaks the silence. It takes me a while…

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