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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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The Mighty Rocky Mountains; Montana, Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies!

Hidden Lake is about a 3 mile hike from Logan Pass, offering stunning views.

As I noted in last week’s feature, we’re on a journey of exploration: California to Nova Scotia, Canada, via the Trans-Canada Highway and a return through the USA’s East Coast, Midwest and historic Rt. 66.  We will log about 9,000 miles in 69 days, towing a tiny Scotty teardrop travel trailer.  We will camp about [...]

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American the Beautiful senior pass: the best deal in camping and touring in National Parks and other federal attractions

America the Beautiful senior pass, deal of a lifetime!

I just got lucky and scored a campsite for two nights at lovely Pinecrest Lake up Hwy. 108, 25 miles east of Sonora.  The on-line reservation asked for my federal senior pass number, which I typed in.  I had forgotten this was a Forest Service campground – and with the 50% discount, we scored two [...]

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Yellowstone Park retires Bombardier snow coaches; end of an historic era

Our Bombardier coach, and another, at the Madison Junction area.

At the end of February, another historic chapter in Yellowstone Park closed when Xanterra Resorts – the part concessionaire that runs facilities in the park under contract with the National Park Service – retired their fleet of 21 1960-era Bombardier snow coaches. The ancient fleet were sold on the US Government web site; I saw one [...]

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Yellowstone Park in winter; icy grip does not mar the wondrous scenery!

Bison, alongside road in Yellowstone's Mammoth Hot Springs area.

Imagine standing and watching the Old Faithful Geyser thunder into a dusky sky – just you, your partner and a lone coyote! Many of us of been there during summer months and joined thousands of tourists watching the sight of America’s iconic thermal wonder – what’s the difference? Add two feet of snow and 10° [...]

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