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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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

The Road Home

I can hardly believe it’s been more than six months since my last post. With all the changes going on in my life I decided to give myself a sabbatical from my writing and get settled (3 moves in one year) and comfy before carrying on. I joined … [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...]

British Columbia’s “Big Island”

After a month and a half of travel through western Canada I finally arrived on Vancouver Island. (It really IS a big island… the largest Pacific Island east of New Zealand!) I ended my last post with an overnight stay in an IGA parking lot … [Read more...]

Oh Canada! Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park

After my last post I had only one day left to spend in Jasper National Park. One day, and I intended to make the most of it. With the sun shining brightly once again I set out for what many would consider the Pièce de résistance of the park, Maligne … [Read more...]

Oh Canada! Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park

After my last post I had only one day left to spend in Jasper National Park. One day, and I intended to make the most of it. With the sun shining brightly once again I set out for what many would consider the Pièce de résistance of the park, Maligne … [Read more...]

Oh Canada! Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park

After my last post I had only one day left to spend in Jasper National Park. One day, and I intended to make the most of it. With the sun shining brightly once again I set out for what many would consider the Pièce de résistance of the park, Maligne … [Read more...]

Warning- Wildlife Beyond This Point! (Jasper National Park)

Pleased to wake to yet another day of sunshine, the girls and I wrapped up our morning routine and hit the road yet again. This time for a day trip out to Miette Hot Springs with plans of hiking Utopia Trail. The drive out Highway-16 was pleasant, … [Read more...]

Warning- Wildlife Beyond This Point! (Jasper National Park)

Pleased to wake to yet another day of sunshine, the girls and I wrapped up our morning routine and hit the road yet again. This time for a day trip out to Miette Hot Springs with plans of hiking Utopia Trail. The drive out Highway-16 was pleasant, … [Read more...]