Channel Islands National Park: Santa Cruz Island Wonderland

Santa Cruz Island is just about 23 miles off the coast of Ventura, California and accessible by boat. Island Packers is the National Park Service concessionaire who offers daily service to the islands. With the recent rainstorms in southern California, the Channel Islands are alive with waterfalls and blooming flowers. Hiking through the islands allows... Continue Reading →

Return to the Island: Two Nights on Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park

This was my second camping trip over to Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands National Park. We again took Island Packers over for the hour and a half voyage to the island. Upon arriving at Scorpion Anchorage, we walked approximately 1/4 mile to our campground. Our campsite #17 was perfectly sheltered in a nearby... Continue Reading →

Death Valley National Park: Winter Camping

We are coming up on our annual winter trip to Death Valley National Park. This has been a destination for our family for several years. This year, I will post the highlights of our trip after returning home for all to enjoy and to help plan your trip to Death Valley. First, accommodations are sometimes... Continue Reading →

Review: Discount Airfare Finder Skyscanner.com

Ok, I know this is a blog about road trips, but sometimes you need to fly to a destination before hitting the road. We are doing just that on an upcoming trip to Cuyahoga Valley National Park in October. We only have a three-day weekend, and we needed to get to Ohio quickly from southern... Continue Reading →

Hike Prepared: Your Life Depends On It

The summer months often bring temperatures of 100 plus degrees to the deserts of the southwest. All too often we hear of lost hikers, heat stroke, or other heat related ailments from hiking and recreation in the desert. Recently, search crews worked for over a week and a half to find two missing hikers in... Continue Reading →

The Ultimate National Park Road Trip: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

The Rocky Mountains present some of the top destinations for vacationers seeking some of the most beautiful sites on earth. This itinerary has been crafted with two national parks in mind; Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Future blog itineraries will include other regions and parks. Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons are neighboring parks in... Continue Reading →

Great Basin National Park: From Top to Bottom

This past week's trip to the Great Basin National Park was my second journey to this remote destination in eastern Nevada. I did write a blog based on my last trip, but I wanted to provide some more detail on this page. Just like last time, we set up camp at the Wheeler Peak Campground.... Continue Reading →

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