Picks and Pans – Death Valley N.P.

PICKS: Driving through Mojave National Preserve

Sean says: Thanks to a recommendation from Michael, we made our way from Joshua Tree to Death Valley via the scenic Kelbaker road through the Mojave National Preserve.

Zabriskie Point in Death Valley

Sean says: Zabriskie Point is a nice stop on your way into Death Valley from the […]

Picks and Pans – In and Around Joshua Tree N.P.

PICKS: Hidden Valley in Joshua Tree N.P.

Joshua Tree is the kind of place where it would be downright difficult to live an ordinary life. Even the rocks and strangely animated plants seem as though they must have interesting back stories simply because an uneventful existence couldn’t possibly result in such strangely shaped creatures. Hidden […]

Picks and Pans – Big Sur, CA

PICKS: Big Sur Station

Big Sur Station should be the first stop for anyone heading into Big Sur. The ranger station has information on all the surrounding state parks and the Los Padres National Forest that borders Big Sur. We were lucky enough to stop in when Ranger Bob was manning the desk. A 9 […]

Picks and Pans – In and Around Yosemite National Park

PICKS: Mono Vista RV Park showers in Lee Vining

Very clean, pretty cheap and about as close as you can get to Tioga Pass without going over, these showers were just what we were looking for.

Saddlebag Lake

Unfortunately for us, the parking lot at Saddlebag Lake was so snow-filled we couldn’t maneuver Arvin into […]

Picks and Pans – Around Mono Lake


Mono Lake County Park

Our first stop at Mono Lake was actually on Los Angeles city property that is being leased to Mono County for use as a park. For those of you not acquainted with the decades long controversy surrounding Mono Lake, that may be confusing, so let me explain. L.A. has long […]