Travels 2017

UTAH! The Needles and The Trail of the Ancients, Oct 2017

We spent the end of September in a comfortable camp outside of Moab Utah straddled between Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. It was spectacular, but now we were ready for the more remote deserts, canyons and high plains of southeastern Utah.  So, on October 3rd we packed up and moved south, into the outback and The Trail of the Ancients. Continue reading

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UTAH; Arches, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point – Sept 2017

We spent most of September in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. But, by the third week in September, the first major winter storms chased us out of the Rocky Mountains. Tired of shoveling our trailer out of the snow every morning we left Pinedale Wyoming and the wild Wind River Mountains on September 22nd for sunny Utah, or so we hoped. Continue reading

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The Rocky Mountain West; Sept 2017

After resting up at friends’ ranch in Kennewick Washington we drove into northeastern Oregon and one of our favorite places; the Wallowa Mountains. But, before we left Kennewick, we switched our cellular service from AT&T to Verizon and glad we did. Immediately our phone service improved and with Verizon’s jetpack (a small portable router) we could now access the internet using Verizon’s cellular signal even when camping far out in the back country. Continue reading

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Far East Oregon; August 2017

It was mid-July when we entered southeastern Oregon at the cowboy town of Lakeview on the Oregon/California border along shores of huge Goose Lake. From here the high deserts of southeastern Oregon stretch far, far away; as far as the eye can see, and then far beyond that, forming one of the largest wild areas in the conterminous United States. This is a land of remote, deep canyons, vast sage-covered plateaus, and high desert mountains. Wild rivers flow through the Owyhee Canyonlands while Steens Mountain rises almost 10,000 feet high in the middle of it all. This is Oregon’s Outback. Continue reading

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The Volcanic Byway; July 2017

After spending most of July in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains we took highway 395 north following a series of small highways and back roads that penetrate the volcanic lands of northern California. This is a land of high, juniper-covered, arid sage lands punctuated by massive ancient lava flows, mineral hot springs, and glacier-covered volcanoes rising above it all. This is the Volcanic Byway. Continue reading

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The High Sierra; July 2017

We spent May drifting down the Oregon coast, June in the redwood forests of California, the 4th of July on a mountaintop in Sonoma County’s wine county, and sweltered in gold rush country in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Now it’s mid-July and time for the High Sierra; the wilderness and small towns along legendary highway 395 on the eastern edge of the magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. Continue reading

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California’s Gold Rush Country; July 2017

After enjoying the pastoral wine country of Sonoma Valley we drove across the Central Valley and its endless fields of corn and climbed into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. This is gold rush country; the old wild west. Continue reading

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California’s Wine Country

After leaving California’s cool, foggy redwood coast, we wound our way along narrow country roads to our new home in California’s sunny wine country; Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Just outside of Santa Rosa in the heart Sonoma County’s wine country, we couldn’t have picked a better place. Continue reading

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California’s Redwood Country

The first thing we discovered about northern California’s Redwood Country is that it isn’t all about giant redwood trees. Yes, the ancient redwood forests of northern California are incredible and standing next to a living thing that’s 2,000 years old, taller than a thirty-five story building and over forty feet in circumference stretches the mind’s ability to comprehend. But there’s more than even that in Redwood Country – much more. Continue reading

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The Southern Oregon Coast; Yachats to California 2017

In May we started off in Astoria Oregon at the mouth of the Columbia River and traveled as far south as Tillamook along the central Oregon Coast. In June we continued south to the redwood forests of northern California. The first stop on this leg of the trip; old friends’ house in tiny Yachats, the self-proclaimed Gem of the Oregon Coast. Continue reading

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