Balboa Park’s Old Cactus Garden

In downtown San Diego is Balboa Park which that receives over 1/2 million visitors every year and contains a zoo, 14 museums, several gardens, and dozens of restaurants. This massive city park (America’s largest) was created in 1835 making it one of our nations oldest public recreation areas. One evening on our trip, Erin took us […]

Anza-Borrego Desert Panoramas

This panorama was shot in the late afternoon just south of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park near Lake Cuyamaca. I made this panorama from our camp site in the park near Borrego Springs, CA. This panorama was made on our long, hot hike through the Borrego Palms Canyon to an oasis.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA

After leaving San Diego, Trey and I headed for the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. It is California’s largest state park and the only one that allows open camping – basically pitch your tent wherever you want. We found a nice secluded location near Borrego, CA and setup tent. Throughout the night bands of coyotes were […]

Cabrillo National Monument, CA

Climbing out of his boat and onto shore in 1542, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States. In addition to telling the story of 16th century exploration, the park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural […]

Picnic at Sunset Cliffs, San Diego

On Heidi’s last night in San Diego (Trey and I stayed a couple more days) we headed down to Sunset Cliffs for a picnic on the beach with Erin’s family. We spent just about every evening at the beach during our time in San Diego. Though the water was again too cold for swimming, the […]

La Jolla Cove, San Diego, CA

The first beach uncle Erin took Trey to was La Jolla Cove. When we first arrived the ocean was gray and the sky was foggy. After an hour of fun we suddenly realized that things had slowly turned to an amazing shade of blue. Trey’s first Pacific Ocean experience was a bit of shock – […]