Category: Photography

Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway Part II

Several weeks ago we decided to embark on another section of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. Our goal was to explore Lassen Volcanic National Park. While I recommend spending more than one day here, that’s all we had so we made the most of… Continue Reading “Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway Part II”

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Part 4

On one of our remaining days in the park, we decided to explore the area off the North Puerto Blanco Drive.  We drove to the trailhead for the Red Tanks and Senita Basin hikes and decided on a 7-mile route that would take us… Continue Reading “Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Part 4”

Big Sur Coastline San Simeon Region

Traveling the coastal Route 1 through the Big Sur region of California has been on my bucket list for years. On our multi-month road trip this past winter, I made it a priority to detour through Big Sur. Often times, when visiting new places,… Continue Reading “Big Sur Coastline San Simeon Region”

Clouds over Grassland

I’ve been trying to complete another post from our winter trip to Organ Pipe Cactus NM but my hotspot is sooooo incredibly slow today – so I gave up! Here’s a shot from Lava Beds NM a week ago when some storms were moving… Continue Reading “Clouds over Grassland”

OC&E Woods Line State Trail

The Oregon, California and Eastern Railroad bed was converted to the OC&E Woods Line State Trail starting in the early 1990’s and is a 109-mile rail trail that runs from Klamath Falls to Bly, Oregon with an extension to Sycan Marsh. Along the way,… Continue Reading “OC&E Woods Line State Trail”

Lava Beds Desert Bloom

From a distance, the Lava Beds NM landscape looks fairly barren and harsh. But, up close and personal, there are many wildflowers blooming right now along the trails and roadways. On my travels in and around Gillems Bluff the other day, the sagebrush and… Continue Reading “Lava Beds Desert Bloom”

Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway – Part I

The Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway is one of 42 “All American Roads” established in the United States.  The entire route is nearly 500 miles in length and is easily divided up into leisurely day trips.  We are fortunate to be working right smack in… Continue Reading “Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway – Part I”

Lava Beds May Wildflowers

I noticed this sweet, diminutive flower blooming alongside the Big Nasty Trail near the Lava Beds National Monument border with the Modoc National Forest. This is a native annual plant found throughout the west. Apparently, it has also been present in Vermont – my… Continue Reading “Lava Beds May Wildflowers”

Introduction to Lava Beds National Monument

I’ve settled into my new home for the next few months at Lava Beds National Monument. This is a harsh, extreme environment that has been impacted by two major Northern California wildfires in the last two years – the Caldwell Fire in the summer… Continue Reading “Introduction to Lava Beds National Monument”

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Part 3

Oh the joys of being back in a place where WiFi is available!! Taking up where I left off on our wild west tour, our next big outing in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument involved another road trip – this time along the South… Continue Reading “Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Part 3”