Thoughts on California

Riding through California and talking to people here has been interesting. The state has run out of money and the consequences of this are annoying everyone. Campgrounds that were once free now cost $20 a night. Campgrounds that once cost $20 a night now cost up to $35 a night, electricity and running water not . . . → Read More: Thoughts on California

Yosemite

Another national park. Better than some but not worth the crowds if just passing through. But I did get some nice pictures out of it….

Note that the forest fire in the above pictures was a deliberate managed burn.

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The Ghost Town Museum

I have never regretted chasing the suggestions of fellow traveler. So this morning I head towards Bodie.

Once upon a time Bodie was a big mining town with a bad reputation. But fires ravaged the town, the mines stopped being profitable, and the town died. Today it is just a ghost town. Though I would . . . → Read More: The Ghost Town Museum

Crossing Nevada: Back To Civilization

Side Note: I am trying something new with two posts on “Crossing Nevada”. I have “Geo Tagged” my photos with the GPS location/time where each photo was taken and placed a map at the bottom of this page which shows those locations. Let me know what you think.

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Crossing Nevada: Lonelier Than The Loneliest Road

Side Note: I am trying something new with two posts on “Crossing Nevada”. I have “Geo Tagged” my photos with the GPS location/time where each photo was taken and placed a map at the bottom of this page which shows those locations. Let me know what you think.

Nevada is yet another state which has . . . → Read More: Crossing Nevada: Lonelier Than The Loneliest Road

Life On The Road: Remembering The Sunglasses

For your daily amusement at my expense:

I have a tendency to leave my sunglasses behind after putting on my helmet. I’m getting better at not forgetting them but I still almost loose them once every week or two. It isn’t that they are all that expensive, they are just cheap wrap-around non-prescription sunglasses but . . . → Read More: Life On The Road: Remembering The Sunglasses

Fall Has Arrived!

After the cave tour I ride up the mountain and finally get to see some fall colors. I find it more than a bit odd how happy I get at seeing aspen trees filled with dying leaves…..

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Lehman Caves

Great Basin National Park exists primarily for the Lehman Caves. This cave is a “highly decorated” cave, meaning lots of interesting stuff, and has daily tours so the public can enjoy the spectacular views.

Lots of interesting history to the cave. Discovered by Lehman long before electricity was available, it was explored initially by candle . . . → Read More: Lehman Caves

Why I Hate National Parks

I have nothing against national parks. They have some amazing sights, protect some national treasures, and provide the vital service of keeping the masses away from the equally beautiful yet more remote locations. Yet there are days I would like to sit back and enjoy some of those national parks without the hordes of people.

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Bryce and Beyond

The ride to Bryce Canyon National Park is just as spectacular as my past days in Utah. I pass through the Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument and am absolutely awestruck at what I see:

Bryce is a location I know I’ve visited before, but of which I have no memories. It offers . . . → Read More: Bryce and Beyond