Monthly Archives: May 2014

Days 25-31 May 9-15 Lone Pine, California

We arrive at the Death Valley visitor center in Lone Pine, CA @ 2:30 after starting out at 7:30 from Crystal Cove State Park near Laguna Beach, CA. We spent about an hour at the visor center, picked up some information on the area and camp grounds. We thought the campground that we were going to try to stay at didn’t have water, I asked the visitor center where we could get water, they let us fill up the RV from a water faucet on the corner of the building. Now we had water we just needed to pick up a little gas for the RV so we could use the generator if we needed to. We drove to Lone Pine US Forest Service campground and found a spot for the night.

Lone Pine Campground

Lone Pine Campground

The first evening was pleasant and the temperature was perfect and no wind for a change. The next morning I headed out to an area I spotted the night before to photograph a large patch of wild lupin below Mount Whitney,

Lone Pine Campground Wild Lupin

Lone Pine Campground Wild Lupin

while photographing the large group of flowers I ran into a visitor from New Hampshire with the same idea it turned out the he was camping right next to us. He was only staying one night and was heading north to Onion Valley just up the road to for a couple of nights. When he left we moved to his site where we’ll be staying the next three nights. After lunch we drove to the Mount Whitney trail head, our camp is at 6,000 feet the trail head is at 8,000 feet, it was little cooler up there but not too bad in the sun. We walked around the parking area were there are some huge pine trees and several small streams joining to form the Lome Pine river. Next we headed down to a part of the BLM that is called the Alabama Hills an area where several movies were filmed going back to 1913, it’s an area that has a bunch of rock formations with dirt roads running around them.

Alabama Hills BLM

Alabama Hills BLM

It’s also has a good internet connection for our AT&T phone/hot spot as we were connecting online the wind started to blow and blow we had to shut the car door to keep to clouds of dust out. A little while latter we headed back to the RV for dinner we were going to grill up some burgers but with the wind decided to make a couple of egg sandwich in the RV and make the burgers another time.
The next day was a little windy I did get up early though and headed up to the Mount Whitney trail head to photograph the Lone Pine Creek before the sun shine was too bright on the creek. There was also the John Muir Meysan lake trail head the hike back to the lake was about 5.5 miles. Since it was going to be a bit windy today I decided to walk some of the trail, I wanted to go light so just carried a small point and shoot camera. Started hiking at 8:30 I was thinking if I walked 3 miles an hour I should reach the lake by 10:30 the trail had a large elevation gain that started out at 7,900 feet and Meysan Lake is at 11,460 feet, the trail turned out to have a lot of switch backs.

John Muir Wilderness trail

John Muir Wilderness trail

Made a couple of trips to the Whitney Portal area this is where the trail head for Mount Whitney

Lone Pine Creek

Lone Pine Creek

Moved to spend one night at Bolder Creek RV Resort about 15 minutes from our Lone Pine USNF campsite, they have full hookups, we can do our laundry, get everything charged up and dump the gray/black water. We also made a stop in Lone Pine to pick up groceries. At the RV park we also have a better internet connection so I was able to stream the game 6 Wild hockey game vs Chicago unfortunately the Wild lost in overtime.

Bolder Creek RV Park

Bolder Creek RV Park

 

Traveled 12 miles back to the Alabama Hills BLM to spend a relaxing day and the night camping for free. We also did a little planning since Memorial day was coming up in just under two weeks, Perfect day and night light breeze during the day that helped with the warm sun then almost no wind at night.

Alabama Hills BLM

Alabama Hills BLM

As the sunset I walked the around the hills just a short distance to photograph the hills after the sun went down.

Alabama Hills BLM

Alabama Hills BLM

We watched the full moon rise and had a glass of wine to celebrate 30 days on the road.

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Days 24-25 May 8-9 Crystal Cove State Park in Laguna Beach, California

We spent one night at Crystal Cove state park it was a little pricey at $75 per night, the camp ground was on a cliff with the highway running between the camp ground and the beach. We enjoyed the sunset that evening. The next morning we packed up to make the long drive to Lone Pine, CA

Crystal Cove State Park, California

Crystal Cove State Park, California

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Days 20-24 May 4-8 South Carlsbad Beach State Park, California

After spending several hours driving from Las Vegas to South Carlsbad stare park we met up with our son & daughter in law, had a picnic on the beach at our campsite and a great time catching up. The next day walked a long stretch of the great sandy beach and found some great sand art created by mother nature.

South Carlsbad Beach State Park

South Carlsbad Beach State Park sand art

South Carlsbad Beach State Park

South Carlsbad Beach State Park

Later that afternoon the wind started to pick up a bit, the next day our rug had a thick layer of sand on top of it. While in the San Diego area we finished connecting our second solar panel and a second battery now we have two 100 watt panels working to keep the RV battery’s charged. While in the San Diego area in the evenings we’d meet up with Chris & Maureen for dinner, on Tuesday night Chris found a restaurant the had the Wild Hockey game playing. Some of the other things we did was laundry, grocery shopping, and made a trip to The Fields of Carlsbad, they had fields full of flowers. The last day we packed up and headed north to the Laguna Beach area.

South Carlsbad Beach State Park

South Carlsbad Beach State Park

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Days 16-20 April 30 – May 4 Las Vegas, Nevada

Not a lot to report here, we stayed at Sam’s Town RV Park and spent a lot of time at the pool, watched a couple of Wild playoff hockey games, spent a couple of dollars at the casino, and did our laundry. Our last night we rode the shuttle bus from Sam’s Town to down town Las Vegas walked down Fremont Street and enjoyed dinner at the Golden Gate Casino.

Sam's Town RV Park

Sam’s Town RV Park

 

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Days 12-16 April 26-30 Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Valley of Fire is an amazing place

Valley of Fire State Park,NV

Valley of Fire State Park,NV

 

with all kinds of red rock formations. Valley of Fire State Park is the oldest state park in Nevada. 

The Park actually had a lot of wild life if you look for it.

Valley Of Fire State Park NV

Valley Of Fire State Park NV

Our home while at Valley of Fire

Valley Of Fire State Park NV

Valley Of Fire State Park NV

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Where we’ve been as of May 22nd 2014

Travel map

Travel map

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Days 8-12 April 21-26 Zion National Park, Utah

We made the short drive from St George to Zion arriving just before noon to try to get a camping site luckily there was about 40 spots left.

After we had everything set up took a picture of our camp site and posted it on Facebook a short time later a couple of guys pull up it turned out to be John Gregor and Christen Dalbec from a Facebook group of photographers most from Minnesota. They also just arrived in Zion after talking a bit we planned to meet later to photograph sunset and make the hike to the top of watchmen look out, it turned out to be a great evening.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

The next day John And Christen packed up to hit some of the other national parks in UT before heading back home in a couple of days. I spent some time hooking up the solar panels, taking the dogs on a short bike ride and enjoying the day.
Thursday the weather was perfect. I woke before sunrise headed back to the east entrance for some sunrise photographs, the sunrise was fabulous with some great clouds as I was wandering around the hillside I ran into a perfect formation with a nice bunch of flowers.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

After walking around for a while I went back to the car dropped off my camera bag and headed out on the other side is the road with my camera one lens and tripod. Walked around for an hour or so.
Shortly after lunch we took a short drive to Kolob canyon or at least we thought it would be short the drive turned out to be 35 miles and an average speed of 20mph, thee hours later we arrived back at camp just in time for dinner.
That evening I made the short drive to the entrance of the canyon where Julie spotted some flowering prickly pair cactus plants.
The next day the forecast was for 20-30 mph winds so I road the first bus to narrows trail head dressed in shorts, sandals, a sweet shirt and jacket along with my camera of course. The water was 53 degrees just a little chilly but not much wind in the canyon. Walked up just short of 2 miles in 3 1\2 hours making many stops.

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Our home at Zion

Valley Of Fire State Park NV

Zion National Park, Utah

This was our last day at Zion, after lunch it was time to pack camp up for the drive to St George to pick up some supplies and make the short 137 mile drive to Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.

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Days 4-8 April 17-21 St George, Utah

Stayed at a city RV park to enjoy the warm weather and take care of laundry and other household things along with enjoying a swim in the outdoor pool at the park. Now that we were in warmer weather I could install the two solar panels on the roof next stop Zion National Park that’s just over an hour drive from St George.

St George, UT RV Park

St George, UT RV Park

St George, UT RV Park

St George, UT RV Park

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Valley of Fire Gallery

Valley of Fire Gallery

Valley of Fire Gallery

http://cadyphoto.com/Valley%20of%20Fire/

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Zion National Park Gallery

Zion National Park Gallery

Zion National Park Gallery

www.cadyphoto.com/Zion/index.html

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Map — Where are the Cadys now


We're staying on Lake Vermilion through June 6th then heading to Ham Lake MN to visit with family and friends along with any doctor visits that are needed.

Updated 5-21-2016

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