After leaving Seven Feathers RV Resort we drove to Lone Pine, CA, and we stayed at the Boulder Creek RV Resort for two nights. Death Valley National Park was established in 1994, enlarging the park by 1.3 million acres. We have never visited here before and we were excited to spend a day exploring some of the Park. Death Valley is the largest national park in the contiguous US, and the hottest, driest and lowest of all the national parks in the US. It is this unique combination of low elevation and dryness that makes Death Valley the hottest place in the USA and one of the hottest on earth. On November 1st, we visited the Park, on a beautiful sunny day, not too hot. The road into Death Valley, SR 190, was narrow, winding and steep in some places.
Arrived in Oceanside on November 1st at Paradise by the Sea RV Resort and we have are favorite site again. Immediately we got back into pickleball at Melba Bishop and joined the Bay Club Carmel Valley, hoping to get back into shape. We also bought e-bikes and had so much fun riding to pickleball and around Oceanside. We did some new fun things with the kids this year after a wonderful Christmas with the whole family. Continue reading
On our way south we stopped to visit Yosemite National Park. We stayed in Chowchilla, off of Hwy 99 at The Lakes RV and Golf Resort. October 31st was a beautiful fall day to drive to Yosemite for a wonderful hike in the Park. When we headed up the Valley where we stopped to watch the climbers on El Capitan. The we headed further into the park and did the Mist Trail to the top of Vernal Falls, a 3 mile hike featuring approximately 600 stone steps, some up to 1 foot high. The Mist Trail is one of the most popular short hikes in the Park following the Merced River, starting at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley, past Vernal Falls and Emerald Pool, to Nevada Falls, a 7 mile out and back hike. We hiked along the Merced River, a tumultuous mountain stream, with enormous boulders, some the size of a house. As we climbed the 600 stone steps we were awarded with fabulous views of Vernal Falls. Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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