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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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Yellowstone National Park in winter’s majesty

Venture into Yellowstone National Park for a huge display of winter’s majesty We just returned from our fifth visit to Yellowstone National Park in the winter; literally no crowds and abundant wildlife in a park blanketed by winter’s majesty. It’s almost the opposite of summer, when huge crowds frighten many of the wildlife into the back country [...]

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Frugal travel – recommendations for saving cash “on the road”

The Elk River in Canadian Rockies, not far from our ATC hosts in Baynes Lake, BC.

Frugal travel – recommendations for saving cash “on the road”; use “cheap travel” to extend your vacation time! Let’s assume you have plenty of vacation time, or, are retired with lots of time – and desire to travel extensively. Here are suggestions for cheap travel allowing maximization of your travel explorations. First suggestion: Focus first [...]

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Free admission, national parks, national monuments across the US!

Visitors to Yosemite gaze at Half Dome from Glacier Point.

Free admission, national parks, national monuments across the US for MLK holiday and three more dates… National parks, monuments and other federal lands which charge entrance fees will be free on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Day. Additional no-fee days in national parks include April 21 (first day of National Parks Week), September [...]

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Teardrop and larger classic travel trailers; class, comfort and a smart investment!

T@B trailers, available new for about $20K, used for less than half that.

Classy, comfortable and a smart investment; teardrop and larger classic travel trailers… Years ago, with kids in school, we would load them into a small car, pack our camping gear into a canoe, car-top the canoe and head off to Mount Rainier National Park or remote campgrounds on the Olympic Peninsula for a week or [...]

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National Parks week is this week…and, get a deal on a Senior Pass!

Wildflowers cover the hills in Carrizo Plain National Monument (BLM photo).

We are a couple of days into National Park Week, April 15–23- still time to visit nearby national parks like Yosemite, Pinnacles, Death Valley, Joshua Tree NPs and nearby national monuments like Ft. Ord NM near Monterey, Carrizo NM just west of Buttonwillow and many others. So, get out this weekend, or, plan your trips [...]

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Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park; wind-swept coast, old-growth forest, glacier-covered peaks!

Cape Flattery's rugged sea spires stand sentinel, even during rainy days, looking to southwest.

Wind-swept coast, old-growth forest, glacier-covered peaks make Olympic National Park a special place! Our mid-March coastal destination was the Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park. We took the Washington State ferry from Edmonds (we are housesitting for a month here), across to Kingston, then headed west towards the first piece of the national park, Hurricane Ridge [...]

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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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National public lands day, September 24, 2016, allows free admission to national parks, forests and more

Celebrate our national parks, national forests and public lands on Saturday, September 24 with free entry and access to a variety of projects where volunteers can help clean up parks, build trails and many more volunteer opportunities. So skip the $20-$30 entry fee to national parks like Yosemite, Pinnacles, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Lassen, Redwoods [...]

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