Picks and Pans – Whirlwind trip through Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado


Highway 60 from Globe to Show Low, AZ

After much too brief of a stop at my sister Vanessa’s house, we began a new phase of the road trip — the all driving, minimal stopping, hauling of our behinds to get across the country in time to spend Christmas with my grandparents in western […]

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 – Sacramento to Markleeville, CA


Rockin’ Out with the Ingersolls in Orangevale, CA

On our way through Sacramento, I finally got the chance to meet Sean’s only cousin, Kate and the rest of her family (Greg, Aden and Kiersten). We had a great time hanging out with the kids, talking with Kate and Greg, playing Rock Band and looking […]

Picks and Pans – From Arcata to Burney Falls, CA


299 to Redding

Highway 299 winds along the Trinity River for most of the way to Redding, so our trip was punctuated with glimpses of great swimming holes and wildlife sightings, including a bear drinking from the river.

Calatrava’s Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay in Redding

I was first introduced to Calatrava’s architecture by […]