Favorite View of San Diego


I never tire of this magnificent view of downtown San Diego from across the bay at Cabrillo National Monument.

Lower Yosemite Falls View


It doesn’t get much better than sitting on a log while viewing Lower Yosemite Falls but it would have been a little chilly and wet on this day!

Bear Paw Print in Yosemite NP


Up to 30,000 black bears have been estimated to inhabit California and one of them left this paw print in the snow in Yosemite National Park (that’s my adult daughter’s hand for a size comparison).  I like how you can see some of the impression left by the ends of the toenails.  There are no grizzly bears in California, with the last one being killed in Tulare County in 1922.

Titus Canyon Petroglyphs


About 18 miles from the start of Titus Canyon Road in Death Valley National Park you will find the Klare Spring petroglyph area.  Although there has been some vandalism, several original images still persist.

Links:  NPS    previous related post

Hole in the Wall, Death Valley NP


Hole in the Wall is a small gap in a natural wall of rock some four hundred feet high.  It is located 3.7 miles up a sandy wash/road that takes off of Highway 190 close to Zabriskie Point and Twenty Mule Team Canyon.

Links:  Death Valley Backcountry Roads

Converse Basin Grove in Sequoia NP


The Converse Basin Grove in Sequoia National Forest was extensively logged in the late 1800’s and many of the stumps are still intact.  The oldest sequoia stump in this area is just over 3,200 years old!

Links:  Sequoia National Forest

Twenty Mule Team Canyon


Twenty Mule Team Canyon is an unpaved 2.7 mile, one-way loop drive in Death Valley National Park located off Highway 190 just east of Furnace Creek.  This badlands area is quite spectacular in color and texture.

Links:   NPS        previous related post

Palm Grove at Furnace Creek


The Inn at Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park was built by the Pacific Coast Borax Company of Twenty Mule Team fame and opened in 1927.  It remains a luxurious oasis in the middle of an inhospitable desert.  Included on the grounds is a large palm grove that invites one to stroll its paths and enjoy the shade!

Jumbo Rocks at Joshua Tree NP


Set at 4,400 feet of elevation, Jumbo Rocks Campground in Joshua Tree National Park offers 124 campsites with outstanding views!

Half Dome in Yosemite


Half Dome rises 4,737 feet from the valley floor to reach a final height of 8,839 feet. It was first successfully climbed by George A. Anderson in 1875.  Today, the summit can be reached via a 16 mile (round trip) trail, with the last 400 feet being aided by two steel cables.

Links:    Half Dome day hike     previous related post