Remarkable Botanical Beach on Vancouver Island

Botanical Beach Feature Photo

A unique part of Vancouver Island featuring spectacular wild coastline with colorful ocean tide pools & surfing ducks! We head out from Victoria over to the west side of the island near the town of Port Renfrew for a hike down to a remarkable beach. Located in Juan De Fuca Provincial Park, Botanical Beach is home … Read more

Visit to Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Arizona

Boyce Thompson Arboretum Feature Photo

When Anne and I were camping at Lost Dutchman State Park this past January, several folks online strongly suggested we visit Boyce Thompson Arboretum. They figured it would be right up our alley. A nice hike through nature with abundant photography opportunities. Boy were they right! We made the short 30 mile trip over from … Read more

Day Trip to Strathcona Provincial Park Vancouver Island BC

Strathcona Provincial Park Day Trip Feature Photo

We love our summers spent in Campbell River on Vancouver Island with its fantastic ocean views, waterfront, spectacular boating and wildlife viewing opportunities. Over the years on the blog, I’ve chronicled many of our Vancouver Island adventures, most highlighted by the ocean. However, there is much more to Van Isle than beaches, harbors, and islands. Go inland … Read more

California Camping With a Herd of Roosevelt Elk

Elk Country RV Park Feature Photo

When passing through the Redwoods between Eureka and Crescent City on the northern California coast we like to stopover and camp at Elk Country RV Resort. The RV park itself is run down, right next to the highway and over $30 a night even though it’s off season and almost empty. But, the locals are … Read more

Day Tripping to Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona

Chiricahua National Monument Feature Photo

Two years ago as we made our way across Arizona bound for a return visit to the Big Bend National Park region of Texas, we nipped down to an Arizona Wildlife Refuge called Whitewater Draw. Here we witnessed incredible flights of thousands of Sandhill cranes! While in the area we also had plans to tour Chiricahua … Read more

Exploring the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge

Cibola National Wildlife Refuge Feature Photo

Free camping, wildlife viewing, photography opportunities, and hiking, what could be better? That sums up our January 2017 visit to the Cibola National Wildlife Refuge along the Colorado River between California and Arizona. We’ve always been drawn to and enjoyed the NWRs. Kofa, Bueno Aires, Whitewater Draw just to name a few. This year as we were once … Read more

Camping at the Dumont Dunes south of Death Valley NP

Dumont Dunes Camping Feature Photo

A couple years ago we visited Death Valley National Park. A highlight for me was hiking and photographing its amazing Mesquite Sand Dunes. Well upon leaving Death Valley NP that year south on California Highway 127 I spotted another set of towering sand dunes called the Dumont Dunes. As we passed them by I noticed … Read more

Our Visit to Spectacular Yant Flat aka Candy Cliffs in Utah

Yant Flat Hike Utah Feature Photo

This snowbird season we decided to take a few weeks in mid-March and explore the area surrounding St. George and Hurricane, Utah. Locate in the lower elevations of the extreme south-west corner of the state the area tends to be a little warmer than the rest of Utah. Average temperature during our stay ranged from … Read more

Super Scenic Camping in the Virgin River Gorge

Virgin River Canyon BLM Campground Feature Photo

I’ve driven Interstate 15 through the Virgin River Gorge a half dozen times now and marveled at the rugged scenery. Each time I made a mental note of a pretty looking camping area perched in the middle of the a canyon overlooking the river valley below. I told my wife Anne “We gotta come back … Read more

Return to Whitney Pockets in Southern Nevada

Return to Whitney Pockets Feature Photo

Two years ago we had the pleasure to camp in an off the beaten path location called Whitney Pockets. Situated 31 miles from Mesquite, Nevada on the Gold Butte Backcountry Byway, it’s a bit of a trek to get there pulling a fifth wheel. A paved but very old and bumpy 20-mile long road winds … Read more

Return Visit to Valley of Fire State Park Nevada

Valley of Fire Camping Feature Photo

We’ve enjoyed exploring Valley of Fire State Park on several occasions and were excited to return during this snowbird season’s trek through the southwest. For our previous two visits, we camped outside the park at a friends of ours RV Park and a nearby free boondocking area. Then day tripped inside this amazing park to … Read more

Our Return Visit to Beautiful Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree 2016 Visit Feature Photo

Third Time a Charm What can I say we absolutely love spending time in Joshua Tree National Park! It is an amazing place for both our favorite hobbies hiking and photography. Home to some of the most scenic campsites you can imagine. This was our third visit in four years and I think the best … Read more