Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

The day we went to Rushmore was very cold and very windy. The cold part worked out fine for me, since there’s a bucketload of stairs to climb to the overlooks. I can huff up bucketloads of stairs much more successfully on a cold day than a hot one, and there were definitely bucketloads of…

On the Road

On the Road

They say that getting there is half the fun. Not sure I agree with that, but on this trip getting there was at least a quarter of the fun. We saw some truly amazing sights. Day Two Back on the road, cat on my lap. It was a perilous journey, but we made it to…

Sierras 2019

Sierras 2019

In July of 2019, we went on a camping trip to the Sierras. We spent three nights at Eagle Lake, followed by three nights at Almanor South campground. Eagle Lake Best campground ever! I thought so last year, and this year verified it. It’s run by the US Forestry Service, and they keep it up…

Royal Princess 2019

Royal Princess 2019

I think of this trip on the Royal Princess as “the cruise where we had the big, fat cabin.” We’ve always booked lower-end cabins (because we’re not rich and I’m cheap), but this time we had a mini suite. The king of all mini suites. There’re four of these on Royal Class ships, all forward…

Return to Bodega Bay

Return to Bodega Bay

We had such a nice time last year that we decided to return to Bodega Bay for another camping trip. Last trip, we stayed in the Bodega Dunes Campground, which is a State of California campground. This was okay, but there aren’t a lot of sites in that one that would work for us. Is…

Hell Frozen Over?

Hell Frozen Over?

Well, not quite that. It’s true that Oroville gets really hot in the Summer. My Accuweather APP on my cellphone has been know to say that the expected weather is “blazing sunshine.” It’s not Hell, but it gets really hot. Today, we got snow. This surprised me a lot. True, it wasn’t heavy snow, and…

Coastal Camping 2018

Coastal Camping 2018

October Trip I can rarely be talked into heading off for camping without a reserved campsite, but October I made an exception. The campground at Big Sur is large, it was late in the season, and the last time we were there in October it was pretty much deserted. This time, it was fairly full,…

Death Valley

Death Valley

The knee-jerk reaction from nearly everybody when I told them we were going to Death Valley was, “why?” The “why” is easy to answer; it’s a gorgeous place that’s a very pleasant high 70’s temperature in November. We stayed at the Furnace Creek Campground, shown below. This is a very nice, very clean campground. National…

Titus Canyon

Titus Canyon

Our first full day in Death Valley, we rented a Jeep so we could run around all over the place without dragging the RV and the cat. The guy at the Jeep place suggested that we do Titus Canyon, and that turned out to be a real winner. The dirt road across the desert and…

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