North to Oregon (Finally!)

July 11, 2018 | 22

Last travelogue left off with me arriving back in Fresno, CA by plane after a two week family road trip by car. After picking truck and trailer back up, I spent a night in a Walmart parking lot nearby, then set my sights north to Oregon. It might seem strange to head back up to…

Family Road Trip: Columbia River and Mt St. Helens

June 26, 2018 | 14

This is part 4 of my two week, no RV, family road trip, travelogue. If you’ve missed any of the previous parts (part 1, part 2, part 3), you’ll want to read those first! June 5, Tuesday Yesterday was spent visiting relatives here in Oregon. But today my parents, brother, and I are up early…

Family Road Trip: Redwood and Crater Lake National Parks

June 19, 2018 | 10

This is part 3 of my two week, no RV, family road trip, travelogue. If you haven’t read part 1 and part 2 yet, you’ll want to do that first! June 1, Friday The drive from our hotel at Fort Bragg, CA to Redwood National and State Parks isn’t terribly long, and we get more…

Family Road Trip: Yosemite National Park and Highway 1

June 15, 2018 | 20

This is part 2 of my two week, no RV, family road trip, travelogue. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, you’ll want to do that first! May 28, Monday The drive from Merced, CA to Yosemite National Park on 140 is a bit long, but the scenery is nice. Being Memorial Day, the park…

Family Road Trip: Sequoia National Park

June 11, 2018 | 29

After the Grand Canyon, I point Bertha’s nose back west and quickly retrace my route earlier this spring along I40 to Keyesville Rec Area in Lake Isabella, CA. There I spend six days working hard so that I can have my two weeks of vacation relatively work-free. “Wait, vacation? Isn’t your whole life like a…

Grand Canyon South Rim, AZ

May 22, 2018 | 27

May 7, Monday The drive from Williams, AZ to the Grand Canyon is short and easy, a straight shot up 64. When I arrive at the entrance booths there’s virtually no waiting to get in, but for it being before Memorial Day, it’s still a lot of people inside the park – only to be…

Williams, AZ Boondocking

May 8, 2018 | 12

April 29, Sunday It’s time to bid farewell to Kingman, AZ, at least for now. I’ll be retracing this route along I40 back west in a couple weeks for a much anticipated road trip with my parents and brother, but there’s still time before then to make it to make it to one particular destination…

Mojave National Preserve, CA

April 24, 2018 | 37

April 6, Friday Yesterday my best friend Julie flew into Las Vegas, where I picked her up and we drove back to my boondocking spot in Mojave National Preserve across the border in California. She’s camping with me for a long weekend. Longtime readers know that she’s stayed with me in the Casita before, having…

Owl Canyon Campground, CA

April 10, 2018 | 17

Full-time RVing is a wonderful way to live. Days on the road can be full-to-the-brim with adventure and new experiences and great people and generally make you feel amazingly, truly, alive. Those kind of days get a lot of publicity because they’re exciting and people love hearing about them. What doesn’t get shared so much…

Alabama Hills Revisit and Website Upgrade

April 3, 2018 | 40

March 9, Friday Yesterday, our caravan of five left Keyesville Rec Area near Lake Isabella, CA and traveled up 395 to Lone Pine. By the time I arrived on the scene, a site had already been picked out and all I had to do was get level. The sun set shortly thereafter, so pictures had…

Haunted Roads, Snow, and Boulders

March 21, 2018 | 19

Last travelogue left off with our caravan of five solos staying at a Forest Service campground in the mountains near Castaic, CA not far from LA. We did some hiking, called the cops on our loud and intoxicated neighbor, and generally stayed inside during the cold weather and got work done. Feb 28, Wednesday Hanging…

From the Ocean to the Mountains

March 6, 2018 | 22

At the end of the last post, Kelly, Marshall, Michael, Joni, and I drove up the Pacific Coast Highway (hwy 1) from Santa Monica to Point Mugu State Park in Malibu, CA for a night. An expensive camping option, but one that gets us close to the ocean. Feb 22, Thursday This morning I awake…

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