Mammoth Mt Ski Trip

This year the Chagrin Valley Ski Club went to Mammoth Mountain in January from the 27th to Feb 3rd. Bob and I drove to Mammoth from San Diego, a six hour drive and we arrived at the Condo before the bus did. We were staying at the Juniper Springs Lodge with our roomies Karen and Bruce, within walking distance to the Eagle lift. Unfortunately, the bus with all the Chagrin Valley group hit a rock and broke the transmission, and had to get towed, the group got another bus but they were delayed by about 4 hours. We finally met everyone at the wine and cheese party that night and collected our passes for the week. The next day was a beautiful, warm, sunny day and we took Karen and Bruce all over the mountain.  The conditions, however, were not the best as the mountain was lacking snow and chair 9 was almost bare in spots. We had fun going to the summit and seeing the view of the mountains, then skiing down for lunch at the main lodge. Where we sat outside in the warm sunshine eating lunch and watching the snowboarders in the half-pipe. For dinner we went to a sushi restaurant in Mammoth Lakes. Continue reading

Volcanic Legacy Scenic Hwy-Northern California

Today we visited Lassen Volcanic National Park, where Lassen Peak is one of the largest plug dome volcanoes in the world. Its last eruptions were between 1914 and 1921. We drove Hwy 44 from Redding to the Park entrance, and the road was open to the Summit Lake Trailhead, where we had great views of Lassen Peak but couldn’t go any further because of the huge bank of snow still there. We saw ski tracks on the mountain and then met one of the fellows who had hiked up to the top earlier and had a great ski down back to his car. I guess May is the best time for spring skiing on Lassen Peak. We stopped a t Manzanita Lake on our way out to get reflections of the mountain in the clear blue water. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

Shasta Dam and Trinity NF

It was sad leaving San Diego but nice to be on the road again. Our first stop was in Redding at the Premier RV Resorts. We drove up to see the Shasta Dam and to explore the area more. The water level was back up to almost normal height, at 602 feet high, it is the 8th tallest dam in the US. On our way back to Redding we stopped in Weaverville, a historic California Gold Rush town founded in 1850, nestled at the foot of the current Trinity Alps Wilderness Area. We stopped for lunch at the Strawhouse Cafe on Highway 299, with a beautiful deck overlooking the Trinity River. It was raining so we didn’t get to enjoy the deck but next time for sure, as we would definitely stop here again. After lunch we visited the Trinity Alps Wilderness, located between Eureka and Redding. It’s a beautiful forest with 55 alpine lakes to explore and high granite peaks known as the Trinity Alps. The Wilderness contains about 520 miles of hiking trails, including 17 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail and 35 miles of the Bigfoot Trail. We will have to come back and do some hiking in this beautiful Wilderness. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

Borrego Springs, California

Welcome to Borrego Springs

Today we left Chula Vista to drive to Borrego Springs, only a two hour drive from San Diego. We took longer because we didn’t want to drive the RV along the narrow back roads through Julian, so we stayed on the highway and headed to El Centro and arrived at Borrego Springs three hours later. We are staying in the beautiful Springs at Borrego RV Resort. Borrego Springs is an interesting town without a single stop light, and night time lighting is kept to a minimum to protect the views of the night sky, because Borrego Springs was designated as California’s first International Dark-Sky Community. One evening we enjoyed the dark night sky gazing at the stars through the large telescopes set up in the Park. We took a trip back to Julian, not far from here, to enjoy the wonderful and delicious apple pies. Continue reading

Southern California with Pat and Harry


Pat-&-Harry
In February our friends, Pat and Harry from Calgary, came to visit San Diego for two weeks and we spent time exploring all the wonderful sightseeing places around San Diego with them. We visited the Midway Museum, La Jolla, the Air and Space Museum at Balboa Park, Old Town, the Gaslamp district and an unforgetable breakfast at the Coronado Hotel.  We drove to Laguna Beach for the day visiting the many Galleries, including the famous Wyland Gallery,  and enjoyed a great lunch looking out over the ocean.

The highlight for me was going to Disneyland for the first time, and celebrating the 60th anniversary of Disney. Security was searching for weapons coming into the Park and poor Harry got busted for carrying his pocket knife on him. We went on several rides, the Ironman Exhibition and the Riverboat that was docked until further notice. We loved the parade of all the Disney characters as they marched through the Park waving and singing to all the crowds of tourists. Lastly we went to the Disneyland Adventure Park and then hurried to meet Jackie, Pat and Harry’ daughter, who works for Disney as an animator drawer, for dinner outside the Park. All in all we had a wonderful time sightseeing, eating, drinking and laughing together for two weeks. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

San Diego – Winter 2015/2016


Winter 15&16-8
On Tuesday, Dec 15th, we left Casa Grande and drove all the way to San Diego, to see Kevin, Ericka and Harper, and  we are staying at the Chula Vista RV Resort. It is a beautiful Resort right on the water and we have a view looking west across the bay to the Silver Strand. The amenities include a nice pool and hot tub as well a a small gym where Bob can workout. The sunsets from the marina were spectacular, and the December full moon was so clear in the sky over San Diego. One of the benefits staying at this Park is that there is a bike trail from here to the Del Coronado Hotel to downtown San Diego and back to the Park, for a wonderful 24 mile round trip bike ride. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

Redwood National Park-Tall Trees Grove

May 25th, again we ventured north to explore the Redwood National Park and hike in the old forests. We drove past Lady Bird Johnson Grove along Bald Hills Road to the Tall Trees access road where we needed a permit to enter through the locked gate, with a secret combination. The difficulty of getting to the Tall Trees Grove only adds to the grove’s mystique, it feels like you are entering some secret hideout. After locking the gate we drove 6 miles along a dusty logging rode to the trailhead. The trail descends steeply immediately, it is a 1.3 mile hike down to the Tall TreesGrove. There were many pink rhododendrons along the trail nestled among the redwoods rising tall and straight from the steep hillside. We reached the bottom of the trail at the Tall Trees Grove and it was beautiful, uniquely special, a reserved magnificence with dark-trunked monster redwoods set among 5 ft tall ferns. This grove is well-known for the Libby tree, which at one time was the world’s tallest known living thing. Although taller redwoods have since been found the Libby tree is still interesting because it’s the only one of the former tall trees that you can actually see. After walking around the loop and marveling at these magnificent redwoods, we took a trail that leads to the Redwood Creek and came out into the sunshine. The broad creek glittered in the sunlight and with its gravel banks and expansive views of the surrounding redwood-covered hillsides, it is a beautiful scene to experience. We stayed for awhile to soak up the beauty. With a permit you can camp anywhere along the creek banks and we saw some backpackers arriving to spend the night as we hiked the steep long grade back up to our car. Continue reading

Humbolt Redwoods State Park

May 24th, we drove north to the Humboldt Redwood State Park, to see the Avenue of the Giants, a world famous scenic drive, and the largest remaining stand of virgin redwoods in the world, 31 miles, along a portion of Hwy 101. The Avenue of the Giants was part of US Hwy 101 until a freeway bypass was completed in 1960, and it became SR 254. The highway is notable for the Coast Redwoods that overshadow the road and surround the area. The road winds along side the Eel River, the 3rd largest in CA. California’s coast redwoods follow the fog and thrive in continuous belts at elevations below 2,000 feet. Trees can grow to 350 feet tall, with a base diameter of about 20 feet. The oldest coast redwoods are about 2,000 years old and show no signs of dying out. They resist insects, fire and rot to a remarkable degree, an important factor in their longevity. We visited the Humboldt Redwoods Visitor Center and natural history museum and then drove to the Founders Grove to walk amongst the giants. Here we saw the Dyerville Giant, which stood here for as long as 1600 years, was taller and older than any other tree around it. It fell on March 24, 1991, before it fell it was 370 feet tall, 17 feet in diameter, and 52 feet in circumference. Today one can walk along the trunk as it lies on the forest floor. Continue reading

Redwood National Park and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

May 23rd, Friday, we set out to explore the Redwood National Park. Our first stop was the Kuchel Visitor Center on the coast, and they gave us maps and info on the best places to see and hike: a great start. After leaving the visitor center we drove thru Prairie Creek Redwood State Park where we saw herds of Elk. Continue reading

Redding CA to Trinidad CA

May 22nd, Thursday, we left Redding to head west to the Pacific Coast along California SR 299. Bob was ready to test his driving skills on a scenic, twisty, mountain road. SR 299 is called the Trinity Scenic Byway a National Forest Scenic Byway, and it was beautiful. It is one thing to drive a winding mountain road in a car but to try it in a 45 foot Big Rig towing a jeep, is a totally different story. However, we had to get to the coast and this was the best route we could find near us. We packed up early and hit the road for a 305 mile journey from Redding to Eureka. By the time we reached Weaverville we had experienced 55 hairpin turns and we kept going right through the town. Weaverville has retained much of its old west flavor and would be a nice to place to stop but it’s not easy with the RV in towns this small. So we continued on through the twisty mountain road following the River most of the way with very steep slopes on both sides of the road. Continue reading