In my Traveling Light post, I spoke of the need to take only the essentials with you to ensure that you have a more enjoyable travel experience. One of the ways that I do that is to use a travel checklist that I created. Keep in mind that I’m a single guy and that this list works for me. You can use it as starting … Continue reading Travel Checklist
So what do the following represent: 68 to 97? 0 to 6,500? 70 to 19? Answer: The great diversity of southern California! In one seven hour trip, I went from sea level to 6,500 feet elevation; 68° F to 97° F; and 70% relative humidity to 19% relative humidity. If you don’t like the way things are where you’re at in San Diego County, drive … Continue reading Exploring Idyllwild
Sometimes you don’t have to travel very far to escape to another time and place. This afternoon I needed to get out of the house and, in less than thirty minutes, I was back in the 1800’s in Old Town San Diego. It’s where the earliest settlers sank their roots and formed what would eventually become the city of San Diego. If you’re really interested … Continue reading Old Town San Diego
Today was spent riding the rails. Why? Well.. Years ago the National Park Service partnered with AMTRAK and formed the Trails & Rails program to give passengers an opportunity to learn more about a region’s natural and cultural heritage from NPS volunteers who ride the train on certain segments of very popular and scenic routes. Earlier this year, AMTRAK and the NPS agreed to add … Continue reading Riding the Rails
Dude! California is f—ing awesome! Oops. Inner voice escaping. Let’s try something more appropriate… California’s natural beauty will make even the most calloused urbanite “ooh” and “ahh” at its diversity and splendor. Better? Okay. I just returned from another road trip, this time to the opposite end of the state. (This is one big-assed state, let me tell you.) It had been eons since I was … Continue reading Exploring Northern California
It was time to bust out of the city. An afternoon drive into the mountains and desert was just what the doctor ordered. So was a slice of Julian Pie Company Dutch apple pie (déjà vu).
It had been a tiresome week filled with mundane things like completing my tax returns and scribbling out checks for silly amounts to both the state and the Feds; scribbling out two more checks for my vehicle registration renewals; and battling a stubborn external computer hard drive that was acting up. I needed to step away from the bureaucracy for a few hours. Continue reading “Dessert and Desert Delights”
I love to get a postcard in the mail from someplace exotic at the end of a busy day. It brings a smile to my face.
Needless to say, in this age of instant sharing via Facebook and Instagram, I’m still old school. I write postcards. Continue reading “Postcards Made Easy”
There’s packed, and then there’s over-packed. Let’s take a look at two solo travelers.
First, there’s me heading to Europe for 11 days. Then there’s my sister heading to Florida to spend 10 days on the beach with her girlfriends. Continue reading “Traveling Light”
After not having a day off work since 17 March 2014, I was ready for a trip. Or so I thought.
I had been pondering a run up the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada for some time now. It’s someplace that I’d never been before–I had always seen the Sierra from the west–so the idea of seeing something new appealed to me. Continue reading “Manzanar & the Eastern Sierra”
One of the best things about living in San Diego County is its bio- and eco-diversity.
Of course, there’s the coast with its beaches and amazing rocky intertidal zones and tide pools. Inside the harbor, there’s the marshlands and Tijuana River estuary, a haven for shore birds of all types. Head north along the coast to the rare coastal sage scrub plant community at Cabrillo National Monument and the Torrey pines near the famous golf course of the same name. Move inland and you’re in the foothills on your way to the Cuyamaca and Laguna mountains, all part of the Peninsular ranges. Another hour to the east and you’re in the Anza-Borrego Desert. Go a little farther out of the county and spend some time below sea level on the shores of the Salton Sea. Continue reading “Autumn & Apple Pie”