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Winter destinations for warm weather, camping and hiking in California!

A chollo cactus garden in Joshua Tree National Park.

Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks and Anza Borrego State Park offer desert serenity, winter blooms and quiet exploration! In January, our nearby Sierra mountains received over 400 inches of snow, while our valley was pelted with rain like we haven’t seen in years.  If you’re suffering cabin fever and long for sunny, warm [...]

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Updating your travel bucket list; S. California and Southwestern US destinations

Viewing and hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park's eerie HooDoos is always an other-worldly experience!

Update your travel bucket list with Southern California and Southwestern US destinations! Californians are blessed by close proximity to our state’s and the American Southwest’s incredible spaces, all within a two day drive or closer. With so many spectacular destinations nearby and a New Year, take the time to update your list of western destinations. [...]

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Joshua Tree National Park, Salton Sea; other-worldly tour destinations for spring-time

Joshua Trees, with San Gregorio Peak in distance, the highest point in the southern Sierra range.

Seeking a winter/early spring get-away in other-worldly scenery? A camping Mecca, surrounded by strange plants, alien landscape, hiking, biking and climbing opportunities and warm winter climate? Take in the intriguing stretch of California desert from Joshua Tree National Park to the Salton Sea. They’re all on your way to either Phoenix (for spring training games [...]

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Death Valley, Golden canyons, deepest point in western hemisphere, wildflowers make for notable journey

California Gold daisies and Desert Lantana blanket a slope just off road.

Golden canyons, dry, temperate winter climate, plenty of history, on the way to spring training baseball games in Phoenix and…wildflowers. The promise of wildflowers brought us to Death Valley National Park. In winter, our approach to Death Valley is by taking Highway 88, scenic with plenty of snow above 6000 feet but clear roads all [...]

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Travel bucket list; update your travel plans for destinations close to N. California

Rare Bighorn Sheep can be spotted in the mountains in Anza Borrego State Park.

We central Californians are blessed by close proximity to an amazing world just outside our door. Last week we ushered in a New Year with suggestions to update your bucket list of US and worldly travel destinations.  This week we offer suggestions within California. August 25, 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of our National Park [...]

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Rethink your California “Bucket List for 2015″; epic destinations!

The General Sherman Tree, in Sequoia National Park, is largest tree in the world, and always draws an admiring crowd!

We live in, arguably, the most spectacular state in America. With all the wonderful destinations at your beck and call and the start of a New Year approaching, I suggest you update your bucket list of California destinations for 2015.  To whet your appetite, here are some of our favorites – most of them in [...]

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Onward, exploring California’s nine national parks!

The General Sherman Tree, largest tree in the world, attracts a crowd in Sequoia National Park.

Kings Canyon National Park, sister to Sequoia, offers stunning vistas like this one! Seven weeks ago, we began a tour of our Golden State’s nine national parks, starting with Pinnacles National Park, south of Hollister, CA.   Some of the best, most iconic and the second-oldest of all the US’s national parks are located in California, and most of them [...]

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Joshua Tree National Park; Strange, alien landscape yields desert treasures!

This fine Joshua Tree speciman is typical of many that dot the park's north and western portions

Author’s spouse Susan stands next to spindly but beautiful Ocotillo The Jumbo Rocks area is great for exploring/climbing and contains a nice campground Chollo cactus stand as eerie sentinels inside the park Skeleton of old travel trailer is part of the “ghost resort” at Bombay Beach on the Salton Sea, an hour’s drive south of [...]

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Imperial Dam on Colorado River feeds ag in Imperial Valley and SoCal cities

The Imperial Dam on the Colorado River lifts water 25 feet, so that gravity can feed it to California's Imperial Valley and southern California cities.  In many years, almost no water reaches Mexico.

These four massive de-silting ponds help remove most of the silt/dirt carried by the mighty Colorado, before the cleaner water is shipped to California’s Imperial Valley and SoCal cities. The All-American Canal carries Colorado River water west to the Imperial Valley and Southern California. We recently made a two-week tour of desert California and Arizona.  [...]

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Death Valley National Park: driest, hottest, harshest and lowest place in the United States!

Sand dunes, weathered trees mark Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes within the park.

Badwater Basin is home to alkaline flats, alkaline waters and the lowest place in the United States at 282 feet below sea level! This water trailer and wagons once hauled 36 tons of refined borax to the railroad, 160 miles from the Harmony Borax Works in the park. Harmony Borax Works boiler and refinery produced [...]

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