These parks are home to giants: immense mountains, deep canyons, and huge trees. Thanks to their huge elevational range, 1,500′ to 14,491′, these parks protect stunningly diverse habitats. The Generals Highway climbs over 5000 feet from chaparral and oak-studded foothills to the awe-inspiring sequoia groves. From there, trails lead to the high-alpine wilderness which makes […]
Looks like the Haun adventures, just keep on coming. We couldn’t let the mountain lion story be the highlight of our trip. Today we saw a bear off the side of the road as we drove to another hiking point in Yosemite. We got out to take some photos (now the only major wildlife we […]
We left San Fran after rush hour in hopes of getting to Yosemite in a timely manner. Seeing as how Friday is the day before 4th of July weekend it wasn’t happening. Fortunately, everyone was just going east and not necessarily to Yosemite. The crowds weren’t bad in the park and the traffic in the […]
Yosemite National Park embraces a spectacular tract of mountain-and-valley scenery in the Sierra Nevada, which was set aside as a national park in 1890. The park harbors a grand collection of waterfalls, meadows, and forests that include groves of giant sequoias, the world’s largest living things. Despite the approaching 4th of July weekend, the park […]
Big Sur was a spot recommended by my friend and colleague Janice. The 4-hour drive down Highway One was magnificent and the beaches nestled among the cliffs at Big Sur were awesome. We got to see lots of ocean wildlife – harbor seals, sea lions, starfish, etc… We also had a great time climbing some […]
San Fran was full of ups and downs. The first day was spent repairing the car, doing laundry, developing film, and recovering from our last 9 days of travel. Day 2 was wasted when a bum smashed my car window. The car spent that day in the shop getting the window fixed. Since we had to […]
Calaveras became a State Park in 1931 to preserve the North Grove of giant sequoias. This grove includes the “Discovery Tree”, the first Sierra redwood noted by Augustus T. Dowd in 1852. This area has been a major tourist attraction ever since, and is considered the longest continuously operated tourist facility in California.
We’ve had some trouble in San Fran – mostly involving the car. It was limping through the deserts of Nevada with a cracked windshield, leaking engine coolant and oil, a broken water pump, and a “Service Engine Soon” light that wouldn’t go off. We spent our first day in San Fran doing laundry and having […]