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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...]

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...]

Saguaro National Park, and Tucson

I forgot to mention that our return from Mexico was punctuated with a puncture. (Yep, that pus was intended.) One of Zippys tires went flat with a hiss right as John tucked her in behind The Beast in our campsite at Organ Pipe National Monument. We … [Read more...]

Over the Border to Puerto Peñasco

While I was traveling solo, I toyed with crossing the border into Mexico. I never actually went because there were too many “unknowns” for me to feel safe in doing so. (Solo woman… nice motorhome… might I be easy prey?) John … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

🎵🎶 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...]