Discovering the Magic

I’ve now had five days to recover after the shock of my first day volunteering at Enchanted Rock SNA, this rather perplexing little park out in the hill country of Texas that receives an incredible number of visitors in a year. And during that time, I’ve gone out to explore a little and see what […]

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A Crazy First Day

Here it is, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The big reveal of where Julie and I are volunteering as Park Hosts for the next two and a half months. Can’t you feel the anticipation? Okay, okay, I’ll knock it off. It’s Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in Texas hill country, a little over […]

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Petrified Forest National Park, AZ

Friday, January 9 So long, Joshua Tree! Julie and I get up ‘early’ (around 8:30) and climb around on the boulders adorning Indian Cove Campground for a time. Site # 1 next to us was reserved last night and when we went to bed, no one had shown up yet. It’s still empty this morning, […]

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Joshua Tree National Park, CA

Thursday, January 8 Yesterday was a travel day: waking up, readying the Casita, saying goodbye to Julie’s relatives, and then driving east for four hours. First through heavy Los Angeles traffic, and then along much emptier stretches of road as we left interstate 10 and got on highway 62 to skirt north of Joshua Tree […]

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San Diego Safari Park

Monday, January 5 Just about everyone has heard of the San Diego Zoo, it’s one of the largest and most famous in the country. Less talked about is the Safari Park, a separate part of the zoo located about a half-hour away featuring larger and less animal dense exhibits. Julie and I arrive right at […]

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Beach Visits and Opportunity Costs

Saturday, January 3 Beach day! Today Julie and I take a trip to El Matador State Park, just north of Malibu. The skies are sunny, temperatures are warmer than expected, and the drive north along Route 1 to get there is punctuated with idyllic ocean views and fun beach houses. I wish I could peek […]

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New Years in Los Angeles

Greetings from Culver City, CA, where Julie and I have been driveway surfing since December 27. After leaving Pinnacles National Park the day after Christmas, we hopped onto onto Interstate 5 and traversed the grape vine without incident. That night was spent at a Pilot Travel Center in Castaic, it dipped into the 30’s, but […]

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Pinnacles National Park, CA

Wednesday, December 24 After a slow morning spent puttering around inside the RV and a leisurely walk around the campground to admire more of the redwoods at Big Basin, it’s time to pack up and move out. Last night at the visitor’s center we’d gone up to the ranger desk to try to find an […]

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Big Basin Redwoods State Park, CA

Tuesday, December 23 We skirt around north of San Francisco today, but there is still traffic naturally. This part of the state is highly populated. I80 is left behind for a smaller highway, and then a smaller road, and then a smaller road – the now infamous Bear Creek Road. Oh, Bear Creek Road. Our […]

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Donner Pass and Jelly Beans

Monday, December 22 Julie and I are up bright and early at 8 am. Okay, maybe 8 am isn’t bright and early to some of you, but for those of us who’ve been working nights the past two months, 8 am feels alien and unnatural. The fact that we got to bed at 8:30 pm […]

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