Las Vegas to Death Valley

April 24, 2016 – We wanted to experience a buffet in Las Vegas, and decided to enjoy the breakfast buffet at Red Rocks.  The buffet was quite good, with hash, eggs Benedict, very good doughnuts, fruit, pastries, and of course, coffee and juice. After breakfast we thought we would do some exploring at Red Rocks…

Weekend in San Diego Roundup

January 9-11, 2016 – So what did we do on a long weekend in San Diego? Balboa Park is the perfect spot for a morning stroll.  We parked over by the zoo, and had no trouble finding a spot – even in the middle of the afternoon there was plenty of parking on that side of town….

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

May 26, 2015 – We had a mid afternoon flight out of SFO to Boston, so we spent the morning at Big Basin Redwood State Park.   There was time for a nice hike before heading towards the airport, and we were please to find a pileated woodpecker along the trail. We had lunch at a (really,…

Glacier Point, Four Mile Trail, and Sentinel Dome

May 25, 2015 – Today was our last day in the park.  The weather was gorgeous again, and we decided to do a bit of hiking before heading to the coast near Monterey. First up was a drive to Glacier Point.  We got there around 9:30, and the parking lot was already getting fairly full.  By…

Mariposa Grove and Valley Closures

May 24, 2015 – Another early start, but this time with lots of sun.  We wanted to get on the road quickly since our first destination was the Mariposa Grove.  We got there around 9am, and while the parking lot was crowded, it wasn’t yet full.  There were, however, lots of very loud, very excited people….

Tuolumne Meadows

May 23, 2015 – After another early breakfast and another foggy/drizzly morning, we made our way to the Tuolumne Grove.  There were a few other cars there, perhaps because this is a more well-publicized sequoia grove, or perhaps because there are large and relatively new toilets there.  The trail goes down an old logging road;…

Hetch Hetchy and Sugar Pines

May 22, 2015 – Whenever we’re on vacation we like to get up early for breakfast.  It helps us beat the crowds, and makes the morning more relaxing for us.  Breakfast today consisted of coffee and ham and cheese omelets, with toast and potatoes.  The food was good, and the views of the valley in…