Monthly Archives: December 2014

Big Basin Redwood State Park

Once we approached Santa Cruz, we were so close to home.  But I didn’t want to go home. Not yet.  I wanted to take Scromp to the giant redwood trees of Big Basin Redwood State Park, up in the Boulder Creek wilderness. … Continue reading

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Highway 1

I’ll admit it–I’m a terrible Californian.  Having grown up in the Bay Area and gone to school in Orange County for 2 years, I really have no excuse to justify why I’ve never seen the famous central California coastline all along … Continue reading

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San Diego

In addition to seeing some familiar faces of friends in San Diego, we enjoyed our holiday–where else? At the beach!  Oh, Pacific Ocean, how I’ve missed you so! First, some pelicans in Coronado were kind enough to let me get this close … Continue reading

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Heading West

A farewell to the Gila Cliff Dwellings meant a farewell to New Mexico, and off to Arizona we went.  Like Utah’s scenic route 24, New Mexico’s Interstate 10 spoiled us with vast, rugged desert eye candy. Although the drive was long … Continue reading

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Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Hands down, traveling > vacation.  No planning, no such thing as “last minute.” We only plan as far as the campground for the next evening–nothing more than that–because flexibility is priceless.  The real Jean in the office at a desk … Continue reading

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White Sand Dunes National Monument

Our day entailed a morning tour through Spider Cave at Carlsbad Caverns National Park and a late afternoon rendezvous to Roswell, which made us pull into Lake Holloman at the Holloman Air Force Base long after the sun had set.  We … Continue reading

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Well, we just had to go to Roswell, New Mexico.  I mean, why not? It was just about a 40 minute detour on our way to White Sand Dunes National Monument.  Thanks Chris for the idea! If it weren’t for … Continue reading

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