Merry Christmas from Death Valley!

Well, the grinches in Washington have given us a stinker of a Christmas present. We were evicted from our scenic public campground in Death Valley National Park – on Christmas Eve, no less – when the National Park Service closed. Even though one party controls both houses of Congress and the presidency, that brain trust … Read moreMerry Christmas from Death Valley!

Quick Stopover at Red Rock Canyon

Following our stated intentions of slow and easy travel, we decided to break up our trip from Ventura to Death Valley into two segments, stopped for two nights at Red Rock Canyon State Park near Mojave, California. This park features colorful badlands-style rock formations as well as Joshua trees throughout the campground, so it really … Read moreQuick Stopover at Red Rock Canyon

Ventura Highway in the Sunshine

We had two goals in visiting Ventura: seeing Channel Islands National Park, and getting a hearty dose of the ocean to carry us through the months ahead, which will be spent in the desert southwest. We succeeded spectacularly on both counts. Channel Islands National Park Channel Islands National Park is probably the closest U.S. analogue … Read moreVentura Highway in the Sunshine

Procurement and Planning in Pismo Beach

Coming in to Pismo Beach, we knew we had a work-heavy week ahead of us. This casual beach town is only 10 miles from San Luis Obispo, which is home to California Polytechnic State University and a host of big box stores. We planned to make the SLO Costco our last major Costco restocking visit … Read moreProcurement and Planning in Pismo Beach

Buzzed by Condors at Pinnacles NP

Pinnacles National Park is not one of the more famous parks in California. Completely overshadowed by famous destinations like Yosemite, Death Valley, and the Redwoods, Pinnacles barely registered with us when we started thinking about our route through the state. Judging from the blank looks we received from family members at Thanksgiving when we mentioned … Read moreBuzzed by Condors at Pinnacles NP