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 – 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 […]

Picks and Pans – Central Oregon

Following the Greatest of Unions celebration, we joined forces with our friends Katya, Peter, Romi and Nika (here after referred to as KaPeRoNi) to venture out into the volcanic magnificence of central Oregon.


Lava Lands at Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Apparently the middle of Oregon is one big volcano just waiting to explode […]

Picks and Pans – Asheville, NC

Asheville rocks! A mere 75K people (200 in urban area) make this little city a mecca for music and art. Locals complain that it can feel a little too “small-town” sometimes (apparently going to the grocery store can be a lengthy social experience), but nobody we met had any desire to leave. PICKS: The Vault