Recon Trip to Big Bear Lake

First lesson learned: Don’t go to a major tourist destination on a holiday weekend if you expect to experience much of anything other than crowds and lack of parking. Up until yesterday, my only experience with the San Bernardino Mountains was either driving over the Cajon Pass on Interstate 15, or viewing them from aContinue reading “Recon Trip to Big Bear Lake”

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery

As Memorial Day approaches, I thought it would be appropriate to remember its true meaning by visiting Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery yesterday. I arrived at the cemetery about an hour before sunset on a completely overcast and gray day, so I thought the black-and-white photos reflected the mood of both the day and the location.Continue reading “Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery”

Exploring at Torrey Pines SNR

Now that I have my new California State Parks annual pass, I’ve been putting it to good use by visiting a number of the Southern California beach state parks. Yesterday, it was back to Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve north of La Jolla. With its expansive beach at the base of towering cliffs that areContinue reading “Exploring at Torrey Pines SNR”

Carrizo Badlands

The last week or so, we’ve been having a bit of rain here in San Diego and, as the most recent storm cleared this morning, there were some interesting cloud formations around the area. I thought it might be interesting to see if the clouds made it over the mountains into the Anza-Borrego Desert. TheyContinue reading “Carrizo Badlands”

Red Rock Canyon State Recreation Area

I went on another of my infamous Sunday afternoon drives through the country today—a mere 520 miles in eight hours and forty-five minutes (driving time; 12 hours total time). Red Rock Canyon State Recreation Area (near Cantil, California, not the Red Rock Canyon outside of Las Vegas, Nevada) caught my attention on my last tripContinue reading “Red Rock Canyon State Recreation Area”

Salton Sea Sunday Sunset

Sort of. You can see a sliver of the Salton Sea in this sunset, and that’s because my timing for the drive from San Diego to the east side of the Salton Sea was thrown off by some unplanned vehicle maintenance (buying and adding a quart of oil to the engine and topping off theContinue reading “Salton Sea Sunday Sunset”

Lone Pine and the Alabama Hills

My trip to the Alabama Hills last month really inspired me, so I decided to return for the three-day Veterans Day weekend. It was a short trip, but a rewarding one. Saturday’s sunrise wasn’t as spectacular as the one for my trip in October, but decent nonetheless. I also took a little detour up WhitneyContinue reading “Lone Pine and the Alabama Hills”

Eastern Sierra and Lake Tahoe

The first week of October 2017, I took a long-awaited photographic excursion from San Diego up the eastern Sierra to Lake Tahoe. Visited places included the Alabama Hills, Manzanar National Historic Site, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, June Lake, and Bodie State Historical Park on my way to Lake Tahoe. You can read about the fullContinue reading “Eastern Sierra and Lake Tahoe”