Brantley Lake State Park was a park I was expecting to stay at a few days - I wanted to spend some time in the town of Carlsbad and explore the San Pedro River. But NO! I could only stay one night because of the horrible smell that started as soon as it got dark … Continue reading Jan. 23rd – Brantley Lake State Park (Carlsbad, New Mexico)
Oliver Lee Memorial State Park has an interesting history in Dog Canyon. The Native Americans that lived up in the canyon had access to water and many hideouts. Water in the desert! Along the nature trail. The mountains to the west looked like they were on fire that evening.
City of Rocks. is just like its name - pretty bare except for the interesting rock formations and its history. There are trails around and through the Rocks for hiking, biking and climbing. It is close to Silver City and Deming, and the Gila National Wilderness and other state parks and wildlife viewing areas. My … Continue reading Jan. 12 – 21st City of Rocks (between Silver City and Deming, NM)
Cosmic Campground is an International Dark Sky Sanctuary meaning it has exceptional starry nights. That is because there is little light pollution. I have not really pursued Astronomy as an interest, but I certainly will have to do some night gazing. I am going to download some apps to my phone to help me identify … Continue reading Jan. 8 – 11th Cosmic Campground (Alma, New Mexico)
Left my Las Vegas family and headed for Arizona. My first stay was old familiar territory - Dead Horse Ranch State Park. When I lived in Prescott Valley, AZ, I would come up here often to hike with my dog, Takota. The trail along the Verde River was always cool under the trees - shading … Continue reading Dec. 26 – Jan. 7, 2018 Dead Horse Ranch State Park (Cottonwood, Arizona)
Love the oak forests and views taking Hwy 20 from I-5 to Clear Lake State Park . Hope to stay here for a couple of days before heading back to Vegas. Checking out the birds and other wildlife Look how clear the lake is by the reflections. Also, an egret at the lake by my … Continue reading Nov. 29 – Dec. 3 Clear Lake State Park (Kelseyville, California)
Growing up my two favorite mountain ranges were the Tetons and the Smokey Mountains. I love the vistas on my drive up Hwy 395 as I head to Sacramento. So I guess I love them all - Sierra Nevadas, Cascades, Rockies, Beartooths, Gila, White Mtns, Black Hills and many many more I have been blessed … Continue reading Nov. 29 Sierra Nevada Mountains (California)