Short visit to the Pacific Northwest ~ Deception Pass State Park

March 14-21st ~ Whidbey Island, Washington

Flying over Northern California

We just returned from a short visit to see my little sister and brother-in-law on Whidbey Island which is in the north-west part of Washington State, not far from the Canadian Border. On the flight north, we noticed the higher than normal snow fall this year. It is a welcome relief and we remain optimistic that our current drought will be eased this spring with the melt off.  Continue reading

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park – Part 2 including The Slot

March 9th ~ Borrego Springs, CA

Coyote Canyon

We had two goals today, explore Coyote Canyon and hike down into The Slot.  Continue reading

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park – Part 1 with Fonts Point

March 8th ~ Borrego Springs, CA

Fonts Point Lookout

Our plans got thrown for a loop in two ways.  Continue reading

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Traveling – What we’ve got (tentatively) planned for 2017

February 15 ~ Southern California

Spring is coming!

Spring is coming!

We are hoping that this year will be primarily about exploring in our compact RV (Ellie Mae Camp-it), seeing more bits and pieces of the USA and Canada, including our desire to start checking a few more National Parks off of our every expanding wish list.  Continue reading

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A bookended week at three beaches in Southern California

February 12th ~ Back at our shop in Canoga Park, CA

Doheny State Beach

Doheny State Beach

Just came back from lunch at California Pizza Kitchen where I overheard a young boy and his mother having a serious conversation:

Mom: “Do you still have your crayons in the box”

Little Boy: “Yes”

Mom: “All of then”

Little Boy: “Well, not the white one. I threw it out. It does not work”

Continue reading

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Bisbee, Arizona ~ Queen of the Copper Camps

January 18th ~ Bisbee, Arizona

Downtown Bisbee

Downtown Bisbee

Bisbee, another rough and tumble mining town is just a short drive from Tombstone. Instead of the silver that put Tombstone on the map, it is COPPER that created the surge here.

In 1877, cavalrymen were doing reconnaissance in the Mule Mountains looking for renegade Apaches. Instead of Indians, Lieutenant Rucker found signs of copper. Shortly thereafter, claims were staked and prospectors came in droves, hoping to find their fortune.  Continue reading

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Tombstone, Arizona ~ The wild west comes to life for us

Monday, January 16th (Martin Luther King Day) ~ Tombstone, Arizona

Boothill Graveyard, Tombstone, Arizona

Boothill Grave Yard, Tombstone, Arizona

A bit of a combination of tourist attraction and living museum, Tombstone certainly fills you up with facts and fiction about the wild, wild west. The town was inhabited with miners, cattlemen, gamblers, heavy drinkers, gunslingers, cattle thieves, a few lawmen, four churches, 110 saloons, and 2500-4000 prostitutes.  Continue reading

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Biosphere 2 ~ Oracle, Arizona

January 14th ~ Oracle, Arizona

Biosphere 2

Biosphere 2

As is often the case, our travel plans are fluid. While driving toward Tucson, I spotted a billboard touting Biosphere 2. I remember reading a small blurb about it years ago and was curious to check it out. So, after a short stop to recalibrate our GPS destination, off we went in that direction.  Continue reading

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Arizona ~ Maiden Voyage with Ellie Mae and a few mishaps, Butterfly Wonderland

Friday the 13th ~ Somewhere in Arizona…

Close up of butterfly taken at Butterfly Wonderland, Scottsdale, AZ

Close up of butterfly taken at Butterfly Wonderland, Scottsdale, AZ

Tim and I are pretty much fair weather travelers. We love the sunshine, warm to hot weather and brilliant blue skies with the occasional white puffy cloud to perk up a picture.  Continue reading

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Binging on Movies and Snow

Tuesday, January 2nd ~ Arrowbear Lake, California

White picket fence

Perhaps a bit of a stretch – “White” picket (or rail) fence

Our last post was filled with reminiscing about the incredible travel year we just wrapped up. But being home for the holidays is always a special blessing.

Our long-time friends, Laura and Michael spent the extended weekend with us at our tiny cabin in the mountains and helped us ring in the New Year, something we have done together for the majority of the past 27+ years.  Continue reading

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