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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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Man-made disaster; the eerie and deserted Salton Sea

Flooded, then abandoned home in Bombay Beach.

Last week, my article featured our travels to Death Valley; from there, we were off to Yuma, AZ.  In route, we made a quick visit to the Salton Sea, a most spooky and strange story. We found Bombay Beach on the eastside of the Salton Sea. Bombay Beach, a former resort community was almost completely destroyed by huge [...]

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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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