Oh yes, the Badlands

Shapely Mud

The last park we visited on our trip was Badlands NP in South Dakota. Since our schedule was sort of dictated to us by other events we were there during the Sturgis motorcycle rally. 😉 We found, though, that if we explored the park in the mornings and evenings while the bikers were still in […]

And let’s not forget the Trees

Tacoma and Trees

One of the areas we always visit, and will continue to revisit, on our trips to the left coast is the Redwoods in Northern California. We camped a couple of nights there in two different parks and did some driving around and we could see that we missed some potentially great places, so we will […]

Some Oregon Coast Scenery

Just Beachy

As a part of our latest trip we drove up the Oregon coast. We went south to north this time, mainly because of scheduling issues, so we didn’t stop at as many overlooks as we would have going north to south, but we still saw some amazing scenery. We had also planned to shoot Cannon […]

Some Columbia Gorge Waterfalls

Multnomah Falls

Although our trip to the Gorge was delayed and cut short by a day due to truck trouble, we of course had to take a drive down ‘Waterfall Row’. 😉 We camped at Eagle Creek CG in the Gorge (it was the first developed campground in the Forest Service system). It’s a great place to […]

Smoky Palouse

Palouse Wheat

We stopped by the Palouse area of Washington on our way back home, mostly to let Donna see what wheat farming there looked like in contrast to the much flatter Kansas wheat farms. Some of the wheat had already been cut but a lot of it was still pretty green, probably due to all the […]

Mojave National Preserve

Stalking the Light

On our way out west to visit our youngest son and his family we decided to stop in the Mojave. We’d been before and camped by the Kelso Dunes but I wanted to try some dispersed campsites we saw on that trip. When we stopped at the Kelso Dunes Visitor Center the ranger told us […]

Anderson’s Sunflower Farm

Pretty maids all in a row

We headed up to Cumming to visit Anderson’s Sunflower Farm today for the first time. They just opened the fields yesterday when there were enough flowers blooming, and there are a lot yet to bloom. Unlike Fausett Farms, which we visited last fall, Anderson’s lets people pick sunflowers so my advice is to get there […]

Old Car City

Voodoo Cadillac

We braved the scattered showers and not so scattered mosquitoes and made a short visit to Old Car City today. (Note to self: go in winter next trip like we did last time). They did have bug spray at the counter but with all the rain we have had lately there were plenty of breeding […]

Water Lilies

Water Lily

I heard that there were water lilies blooming at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville so we decided to take the short trip up there. We were fortunate with the weather and had a fairly cool and cloudy morning; pleasant walking and nice soft light. For this trip I decided to just take my micro […]

St. Augustine Alligator Farm

Smiley-gator

Made a quick trip down to Florida this week with the Four Wheel Camper. We camped at Salts Springs Recreation Area in the Ocala National Forest. It was an established campground run by a private contractor in the NF and was a pretty nice place, but I also learned that dispersed camping is allowed along […]