Ehrenberg, AZ

February 23, 2016 | 28

With the ending of the Fiberglass rally in Quartzsite on the 15th, the last social gathering on my list for this winter is checked off. I could go anywhere from here, which is a very liberating feeling. It’s already getting into the mid 80’s during the day so I could start heading north. I’ve heard…

Joshua Tree National Park, CA

January 13, 2015 | 23

Thursday, January 8 Yesterday was a travel day: waking up, readying the Casita, saying goodbye to Julie’s relatives, and then driving east for four hours. First through heavy Los Angeles traffic, and then along much emptier stretches of road as we left interstate 10 and got on highway 62 to skirt north of Joshua Tree…

San Diego Safari Park

January 9, 2015 | 10

Monday, January 5 Just about everyone has heard of the San Diego Zoo, it’s one of the largest and most famous in the country. Less talked about is the Safari Park, a separate part of the zoo located about a half-hour away featuring larger and less animal dense exhibits. Julie and I arrive right at…

Beach Visits and Opportunity Costs

January 5, 2015 | 29

Saturday, January 3 Beach day! Today Julie and I take a trip to El Matador State Park, just north of Malibu. The skies are sunny, temperatures are warmer than expected, and the drive north along Route 1 to get there is punctuated with idyllic ocean views and fun beach houses. I wish I could peek…

New Years in Los Angeles

January 2, 2015 | 22

Greetings from Culver City, CA, where Julie and I have been driveway surfing since December 27. After leaving Pinnacles National Park the day after Christmas, we hopped onto onto Interstate 5 and traversed the grape vine without incident. That night was spent at a Pilot Travel Center in Castaic, it dipped into the 30’s, but…

Pinnacles National Park, CA

December 30, 2014 | 29

Wednesday, December 24 After a slow morning spent puttering around inside the RV and a leisurely walk around the campground to admire more of the redwoods at Big Basin, it’s time to pack up and move out. Last night at the visitor’s center we’d gone up to the ranger desk to try to find an…

Big Basin Redwoods State Park, CA

December 27, 2014 | 42

Tuesday, December 23 We skirt around north of San Francisco today, but there is still traffic naturally. This part of the state is highly populated. I80 is left behind for a smaller highway, and then a smaller road, and then a smaller road – the now infamous Bear Creek Road. Oh, Bear Creek Road. Our…

Donner Pass and Jelly Beans

December 23, 2014 | 26

Monday, December 22 Julie and I are up bright and early at 8 am. Okay, maybe 8 am isn’t bright and early to some of you, but for those of us who’ve been working nights the past two months, 8 am feels alien and unnatural. The fact that we got to bed at 8:30 pm…

Yosemite National Park, CA

October 25, 2014 | 30

Wednesday, October 8 We sneak in through Yosemite’s back door. Actually, Yosemite has at least five and possibly six entrances, but the “front” side of the park is considered to be the western side, in particular Yosemite Valley which is lower in elevation and closer to the more populated parts of California. It’s probably also…

Death Valley Driving (of Doom)

October 18, 2014 | 43

Tuesday, October 7 (continued) After the lake visit, I hook up and it’s back on the road. We scoot through the southern side of Vegas, then head West through the oddly named town of Pahrump and get on 190 heading into California. This is my first time in California which is exciting, it always feels…

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