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 L.A.

PICKS: Thanksgiving weekend with friends

I never really thought that L.A. would be one of the spots on the trip that would feel like a temporary home, but thanks to our friends Norbert, Yolanda, Xavier, Michael, Judith, Teddy, Charlene and Aaron, we had a Thanksgiving weekend surrounded by loving, generous, intelligent friends that made us […]

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 […]

Picks and Pans – In and around Arcata, CA


Ruby Van Deventer County Park in Del Norte County, CA

Due to California’s state budget crisis, their state park campgrounds now charge the astronomical rate of $35 per night (not including showers or any other extras). Lucky for us, Del Norte County has either done a better job managing their budget or they haven’t […]