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Christmas in The Desert… Cave Creek

We left Alamo Lake and headed back to Phoenix, and then turned north. Cave Creek Regional Park is not far out of town, but it sure feels like it is. The campground is very spacious, and surrounded by desert, hills, hiking trails, and of course… … [Read more...]

Arizona… The Only Thing Missing is an Ocean Beach!

After parting with the masses at Grand Canyon we moved on south to Lost Dutchman State Park, a place I had enjoyed once before. The campground sits at the base of Superstition Mountain, about 40 miles east of downtown Phoenix, and it’s well … [Read more...]

Grand Canyon… Such a Fitting Name!

Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most jaw-dropping places I’ve ever seen. I don’t think there’s a way to actually capture, in still images OR motion picture, just how vast and magnificent it is. (And I’ve seen some … [Read more...]

While in Flagstaff…

Before heading up to Grand Canyon (south rim this time) we made a stay-over for a few days in Flagstaff. From there I knew we could head out in a few different directions in Zippy (tow car) to see some sights. As I’ve mentioned, much of this is … [Read more...]

Nature’s Beauty Surrounding Page Arizona

After a week in Kanab, we pulled stakes (slides in, jacks up ) and headed east to Page Arizona. I traveled here in my solo years in route to Zion National Park. Some of you may recall my very first breakdown in The Beast. It’s memorable to me … [Read more...]

Kanab Utah… Central to So Many Cool Places! (Part 2)

Now that I have my last four missing posts reposted, I get to rewrite this one since it disappeared as well, while still in the que. So… as I was saying, we planted ourselves in Kanab for a full week in hopes of snagging permits to hike … [Read more...]

Kanab Utah… Central to So Many Cool Places! (Part 1) (Repost. Original 1/1/19)

Kanab Utah… Central to So Many Cool Places! (Part 1) Posted on January 1, 2019 2 After enjoying one last sunrise from the rim of Bryce Canyon we were on our way to Kanab, very close to the Arizona border. This would be another repeat for me, but … [Read more...]

Bryce Canyon’s Peek-a-Boo Trail. It’s Just That Incredible! (Repost. Original 12/30/18)

As promised in my last post about our recent visit to Bryce Canyon… Peek-a-boo Loop Trail starts at Bryce Point, an an elevation of 8296 feet and drops quickly down into the Canyon. It is considered strenuous by the park officials… 5.5 mile hike with … [Read more...]

Bryce Canyon… Mother Nature at Her Best (Repost. Original 12/30/18)

There’s not a whole lot I can say about Bruce Canyon National Park that I haven’t already said. It’s truly one of the most magical places I’ve ever experienced. I’ve enjoyed and studied the works of some of the most incredible and talented artists … [Read more...]

Zion… Just Keeps Calling Me Back! (Repost. Original 12/24/18)

I love this place... Zion National Park. Definitely amongst my favorite places in our country. So… although I’ve been here twice, I could not pass up the opportunity to bring John for his first visit. Unfortunately, by the time we got … [Read more...]

Can You Hear Me Now?

Friends… It was recently brought to my attention that my last blog post email link was not working. Come to find out the post had disappeared from my blog… along with three others. The last four posts I worked feverishly to get … [Read more...]

Return to Death Valley

The drive isn’t long… between Lone Pine (Alabama Hills) and our stopping point in Death Valley… but it’s brutal. White knuckle most of the way.  From the time you enter the park boundaries it’s a long, narrow, windy, … [Read more...]

Alabama Hills- A Little Known Gem

A few years ago, while still traveling solo, I got chatting with a couple of guys who were standing at the same vista photographing sunrise in Death Valley. When I told them the direction I was heading later that day, one of them asked if I was going … [Read more...]

Yosemite… Touched by Fire

I’ve been to Yosemite numerous times… always in love… It’s just such an incredible place. We came in via Tioga Pass from the east, which I had hoped to do during my last route down the Eastern Sierra’s, to no avail. … [Read more...]

The Ghost Town of Bodie

Bodie State Historic Park was once a booming mining town… somewhat typical of the way the westerns depict them; in addition to miners and families, there were saloons, gunslingers, and houses of ill repute. Gunfights in the streets were not … [Read more...]

Eastern Sierra’s- Tahoe, Mono and June Lakes

After departing Crater Lake, and stopping for supplies in Klamath Falls, we continued south to Carson City (near Reno). This is the same route I took exactly 5 years prior, making a pit-stop in Reno to visit my niece Madeline, who was in school … [Read more...]

🎵🎶 On The Road Again 🎵🎵🎶- South through Central Oregon

At the moment we’re sitting in Kanab Utah, which is central to a lot of very cool places, but I’ll have to get back to those since I have a bit of catching up to do here. This one post was a bit hard to begin, mostly because we’ve … [Read more...]

Sailing Into Summers End

On the morning of September 12th, we pulled up anchor and headed west across Malispina Strait.  At this point we were down to the last ten days of our summer voyage, and hoped to make the most of our time. During our “summer at sea” we … [Read more...]

Sailing the Canadian Islands

After farewells and good wishes to the rest of our Princess Louisa flotilla, we turned toward Desolation Sound roughly 50 nautical miles to the north, pretty much requiring a stop along the way. The west facing harbour of Lund was that stop. The only … [Read more...]

Princess Louisa Inlet… A Treasure Worth the Voyage!

Princess Louisa was without a doubt the high of our first summer cruising together on Summer Breeze. A little more than a month after setting out through the Puget Sound, San Juan Islands and Gulf Islands of Canada we met in up with friends and … [Read more...]

Oh Canada… the Gulf Islands and Beyond

A month after departing Olympia we sailed into Canadian waters! First priority was going through customs which we did in Sydney Harbor. This is a sizable harbor with several marinas and yacht clubs. After “checking in” by phone (just that … [Read more...]

Sailing into the San Juan’s

After our little dash out and back under Deception Pass Bridge we went to La Conner for one night to restock, do laundry and such before heading up the narrow Swinomish Channel, past the historic railroad swing bridge and into Padilla Bay where we … [Read more...]

The Remainder of Puget Sound

          Hidden Cove Marina John and Sadie rowing ashore in Zephyr My kayak hits the water for the first time on the new journey! Add images from phone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!     Cascade Range from Puget Sound Sunset … [Read more...]

At Last… The Journey Continues!!

At the crack of dawn on July 14th John and I began our long-awaited Journey on Summer Breeze. My wonderful team of “roadies” was down to one after losing Jazzy last year but Sadie, who got her sea legs while traveling in the motorhome, was all in … [Read more...]