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Pick Six: Top national parks in California and surrounding states

Yosemite Falls thunders, with our '64 Scotty trailer in foreground.

Yosemite Falls thunders, with our ’64 Scotty trailer in foreground. Couple admires Grand Canyon from rim near Moran Point Our top six picks: The top national parks in California and surrounding states This week is National Parks Week, with admission to all national parks and monuments FREE through the 29th! Californians are blessed by close [...]

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Wildflower blooms, wildlife and scenery in the California desert!

Wildflowers bloom in perfusion in february in northeastern part of Death Valley.

Death Valley, Joshua Tree National Parks offer wildflower blooms, wildlife and other-worldly scenery Tired of chilly mornings and frosty windshields? Use the late winter/spring to take a road trip to the California desert for wildflower blooms, exotic wildlife and stunning scenery. Our destination includes two stunning national parks, Death Valley and Joshua Tree, and several [...]

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Death Valley, Joshua Tree National Parks offer balmy temps just hours from Central Valley!

Desert wildflowers burst forth in Death Valley National Park in February.

Three evocative desert parks, just 2/3 day drive from San Joaquin county… Wanting to beat these cold, frosty holiday mornings? Get your dose of balmy days with three world-class desert parks, offering daytime temperatures in the 70s and 80s, wonderful hiking and exploration opportunities, all flush with history and unique ecology. Best of all, they [...]

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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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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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Salton Sea; California’s largest inland sea, surrounded by ghost resorts!

Floods of 1976, 1977 inundated resorts around the Salton Sea Once a beach-side trailer home, this unit was inundated, and buried in five feet of muck from the 1970′s floods at Bombay Beach Former home in Bombay Beach, abandoned after flooding in the 1970s Abandoned business in Bombay Beach is result of 1970s floods One of [...]

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Your tour of California national parks is underway; coming up, Yosemite!

Half Dome and Vernal Falls, from the Glacier Point overlook in Yosemite National Park

  Here our Scotty teardrop trailer overlooks Kings Canyon National Park from a scenic overlook at its partner park, Sequoia NP Machete Ridge is a standout feature of Pinnacles National Park, near Hollister, CA Last week, we introduced you to Pinnacles National Park, south of Hollister, CA.   Some of the best, most iconic and the second-oldest [...]

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California’s iconic national parks; some of most spectacular in USA!

Rugged Pinnacles Natonal Park offers the remnants of a volcano; a volcano near Los Angeles!  Located on the San Andreas Fault, Pinnacles is slowly moving northward, about 2-3 inches each year!

Here our little teardrop trailer is parked overlooking Kings Canyon National Park from a Sequoia National Park overlook. The two parks share a common boundary in the Sierra, just east of Fresno! Rugged Pinnacles Natonal Park offers the remnants of a volcano; a volcano near Los Angeles! Located on the San Andreas Fault, Pinnacles National [...]

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