Friday, February 28, 2014
Thursday, February 27, 2014
|Balboa Island Ferry
|After a 5 minute ride, we approach the dock
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
|Aliso Beach County Park, we ate lunch here
|Crystal Cove State Park. We are camped for the week a short walk from this beach.
|A Venetian palace overlooking the beach. I was counting the windows with an ocean view and gave up at 50.
|Thousand steps beach (there are actually only 220 steep steps to climb down here)
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
After 4+ months on the road, we finally reached the Pacific! And what a spot to enjoy it high on the bluff at South Carlsbad state beach, just north of San Diego. We watch the surfers and the pelicans all day and saw some dolphins swimming just off shore on our first morning here. Delightful.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Joshua Tree became a National Monument under Franklin Roosevelt and then a National Park under Clinton (gotta love those Democrats). Over 700,000 acres, three quarters of it wilderness, including both Mojave and Sonoran desert ecosystems, Joshua Tree is an amazing place--especially if you like rocks and climbing them. This park is a very special place with unique rock formations and thousands of joshua trees making it a very unique and fun national park.
We camped in two campgrounds, one of which was especially scenic. We were camped in the shadow of 60-foot rocks with views of desert all around us. You could hike in any direction and find piles of rocks to climb and explore. With only 18 camp sites scattered over the area, we felt almost alone in this beautiful place. We spent many days hiking, rock scrambling and just sitting in the quiet beauty of the desert. What a great place!
|Our campsite at Belle campground
|A few Joshua trees are just starting to bloom
Monday, February 10, 2014
|Our claustraphobic little space at the Happy Traveler
|Relaxing by the pool at the Happy Traveler
|The dessert case at Sherman's, the best Jewish deli we've ever found outside of NYC
|Downtown Palm Springs
|Great band we saw at Pioneertown, about 45 minutes outside of PS
Thursday, February 6, 2014
|Figure made from steel blocks