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He Had a Dream… Castello di Amorosa, Napa Valley

Castles are rare in this country. They’re not from “our time”. But there’s an allure… a romance about them that draws people. This was no doubt the case for Dario Sattui when he dreamed up Castello di Amorosa. To quote … [Read more...]

After the Storm… Petaluma and Point Reyes

Our stop in Petaluma was a particularly special one to John because we camped on the very Coast Guard Base he lived on for six years before his retirement in 2003. According to him not much has changed in Petaluma since then, and of course I got to … [Read more...]

California Coast- Santa Cruz to Pacifica

After Big Sur and Monterey we continued north to Santa Cruz. The only real reason for our stop there was to see some old friends of mine who John had met once before. Mindy… a long time friend… drove from the Bay Area to her … [Read more...]

California Coast from Monterey to Big Sur

After our very soggy stay in Morro Bay we continued our trek up to Monterey. Knowing we’d be covering Highway 1 in Zippy (tow car), we opted to take The Beast around via Hwy 101… for a few reasons. Although it’s longer, it’s … [Read more...]

Hearst Castle and Their Noisy Neighbors

Hearst Castle is a National Historic Landmark in San Simeon California. It’s quite well known, so I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that. But how many of my readers have actually been there? I’d been there twice, because … [Read more...]

Up the Coast… Santa Barbara and Morro Bay

The morning after our visit to the Channel Islands, we headed for my old stompin’ grounds… Santa Barbara! I lived in this beautiful town for nearly four years in the early 1980s. While there I studied and got my degree at Brooks Institute … [Read more...]

Santa Cruz Island- Channel Islands National Park

From Joshua Tree National Park we hopped over to Fairways RV Resort (another military campground, and one of the nicest we’ve stayed at thus far) in Port Hueneme… just down the road from our next adventure. The following morning we took a … [Read more...]

Joshua Tree National Park

The drive from Saguaro National Park near Tucson to Joshua Tree National Park in California wasn’t that long… only about five hours… but it was wrought with bucking winds for the latter part of the drive. Unless you’ve driven … [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...]

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...]

5 Annual Festivals to Check Out in San Francisco

San Francisco is a city known for its exciting annual festivals. If you will be visiting the area and plan to attend any of these events, remember to book your stay at one of San Francisco’s best IHG hotels early so you don’t miss these … [Read more...]

Outdoor Activities in Palm Springs

Source As one of the premium resort cities in the United States, Palm Springs is a great place to go to get away from your daily routine and relax by the pool in the warm weather. Only two hours by car from Los Angeles in one direction and two hours … [Read more...]

Top Eleven Favorite Places from MY Journey in Focus

As many of you know, I’ve relinquished my “full-time road warrior” status in order to be closer to my parents in my hometown of Longview Washington. Here, I am within minutes of my Dad’s house as well as my Mom and Stepdad’s, and all four of my … [Read more...]

Ubehebe Crater at Death Valley

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Ubehebe Crater at Death Valley

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Not To Be Left Out

I'm in Wickenburg Arizona now and moving on to Sedona tomorrow, but before moving on with those tales and images there's a bit more to share from my time in California. I called this state home for more than 15 years. It is one of the largest and … [Read more...]

My Three Favorite "F" Words… Fun, Food and Friends!

As I prepare to leave southern California today I reflect once again on the special time I've shared with friends along the path of my journey. I feel tremendously grateful and blessed to have so many wonderful friends in my life. None more wonderful … [Read more...]

Our Team: Rebecca of Calipidder.com

Someone recently called me "The Perfect Woman: Equal parts computer nerd and mountain sports freak." I believe the topic of conversation started around my dirty nails and calloused hands one morning at the climbing gym, but I took it as a … [Read more...]