My Favorite Fourth of July – Lake Tahoe
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My Favorite Fourth of July – Lake Tahoe

What’s the best Fourth of July you’ve ever had?  Mine’s easy – Lake Tahoe in 2018.  I meet some San Antonio friends for a fun few days to celebrate my birthday and the Fourth in Tahoe.  Our main reason for going was to see a Kenny Chesney outdoor concert, which was a blast. On the … Continue reading

Taking the Scenic Road To Sonoma
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Taking the Scenic Road To Sonoma

I’ve visited Napa many times, but Sonoma had eluded until last my most recent trip.  As soon as I landed at the San Francisco Airport, a friend working out in the Bay Area and I hit the road, but not the usually faster route of heading over the Bay Bridge to Napa.  Instead we took … Continue reading

Sunset From Below Sea Level
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Sunset From Below Sea Level

Magical, stunning, spectacular, mesmerizing, fantastic, breathtaking – all wonderful ways to describe a sunset in Death Valley National Park.  But, watching sunset from 282 feet below sea level in Badwater Basin will leave you speechless. Standing in the lowest spot in North America and watching the sky turn from shades of yellow to pink and … Continue reading

Hike to Fortynine Palms Oasis
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Hike to Fortynine Palms Oasis

Joshua trees are known for their spiky leafed, branches reaching for the heavens are ubiquitous in most of Joshua Tree National Park, but not on this trail.  The elevation is too low for the yuccas (Joshua trees don’t have rings so they are not really trees).  Instead, you’ll find palm trees in this secluded oasis … Continue reading

Joshua Tree’s Most Dangerous Hike
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Joshua Tree’s Most Dangerous Hike

It’s Joshua Tree National Park’s most dangerous hike.  Not because of the extreme heat, rattlesnakes, or rugged terrain, but because of the “teddy bear” cactus.  It sounds cuddly, but it’s not.  You are literally surrounded by cacti in the Cholla Cactus Garden.  It’s one of the shortest hikes in Joshua Tree, but could easily be … Continue reading