Bali Pt 1 – Jewel of the Sunda Islands, Indonesia

I had always heard of Bali from other fellow travelers. They would rave about the beaches, waves, pristine diving, the temples, cultural enlightenment, and soul seeking to be had. So when we decided to plan our next trip it was at the top of the list. Oliver and I were determined to have a trip…

Winter in the Mojave National Preserve

From the archives: December 2013 “Desert Rats” Mojave National Preserve The Mojave National Preserve is sandwiched between Hwy 15 and Hwy 40.  Much like it’s little and more popular brother Joshua Tree National Park it has plenty of rocks, lava tubes, and the namesake Joshua trees.  Head here to escape the crowds of the Indio…

Antarctic Expedition

Another photo journal from the archives: Winter 2008, Antarctica Getting there: Go south. But seriously go with a reputable company. Lindblad partners with Nat Geo for these trips and it was as safe as it can get on the ice. A Russian ship that was chartered by some chinese started sinking after hitting sea ice…

Peru – Andes to the Amazon

Journey with us from the highlands of the Andes mountains of Peru to the backwaters of the Amazon River basin

Ansel Adams Wilderness

Mid to late August is the perfect time to explore the Eastern Sierras.  Warm days and cool nights are typical at 8,000 feet elevation.  The mid summer mosquito hatch has already died out, but the Golden Trout are still biting. Tucked away a few miles south of Highway 120 and Tioga Pass leading into Yosemite…

Kennedy Meadows

From the archives: June 2013 long weekend in the South Sierra Wilderness There are two Kennedy meadows in the Sierra mountain range. One is in Sonora County, the other in Kern County.  We went to the one in Kern county, as the Kern area is one of our favorites. GO WEST   Getting there: Take…

Deep Creek – Devil’s Hole

Deep Creek runs in the San Bernardino mountains from the northern side of Lake Arrowhead going westward towards the Mojave wash. Eons of erosion carved a deep canyon separating the southern San Bernardino side of the creek from Apple Valley. Getting there: There are two ways. The northern route parks you at Bowen Ranch ($5…

Australia – The Land Down Unda

From the archives: Our trip to Australia – Green Island, the Great Barrier Reef, and Uluru (the rock formerly known as Ayers Rock) Landing in Cairns (the strayans pronounce it “cans”) we were greeted on the jetway by a moist, humid wall of air.  A tourist destination by itself this was not our first stop….

Wandering in Big Sur

We first did this trip in April of 2015 and had such a great time we decided to do it again the next year.  It has now become one of our favorite locations in California to roadtrip to and camp in. The plan was to load up our 22 footer Jayflight trailer and haul it…

Cottonwood Lakes

This was to be the trip of the summer and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The Cottonwood Lakes are a series of 5 lakes clustered in the shadow of Mount Langley and Cirque Peak.  Located in the southern tip of the John Muir Wilderness the trail head shares an inroad with the Mount Whitney Portal in…