Yosemite National Park

I have a lot of mixed feelings about Yosemite National Park. There are a lot of hikes and sights that I love about the park and then there are other things - like camping, crowds, and permits - that make it a complicated destination. Kenon absolutely loves it and consistently lists it in his top... Continue Reading →

Kings Canyon National Park

In our quest to visit all 61 of the National Parks in the United States, Kings Canyon marked our halfway point. With 30 parks behind us and one under our feet, we can safely say we have seen a good chunk of what the National Parks have to offer. Kings Canyon is little talked about... Continue Reading →

Sequoia National Park

Sequoia National Park is generally viewed as a smaller park but there is so much to do and see in this wonderful area. You could spend days exploring the miles and miles of trail system. We only had one day and I really think we nailed it! Here is our trip through one day in... Continue Reading →

Santa Cruz Island at Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park boasts a series of five protected habitat islands surrounded by pristine waters. The Channel Islands are filled with quiet camping, seaside hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, and diving! The coves and inlets boast sea kelp forests and a lot of exotic marine life. With great weather year-round, it is always a good time... Continue Reading →

Pinnacles National Park

Pinnacles National Park is a small park located southeast of Monterey Bay, California. Highlights of the park include chilled out camping, bird watching, hiking, and abundant rock climbing. The best views of the park can be found on the High Peaks to Condor Gulch trail. A friend of mine describes this trail as being able... Continue Reading →

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is filled with awe-inspiring rock formations, peaceful hikes, and gorgeous desert flora. It’s number one draw is that it is a rock-climbing and bouldering paradise. There are climbing options all over the park. It is reasonably easy to get away from crowded routes and find something quiet and personal.  We went... Continue Reading →

Paddleboarding Lake Tahoe

Stand Up Paddleboards are the best way to experience Lake Tahoe. Even if you have a boat, bring with a stand up paddleboard so you can get up close and personal to the more hidden features of Lake Tahoe. Stand Up Paddleboarding is soothing, fun, and a great workout! We learned a lot from our... Continue Reading →

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