California

South Carlsbad State Beach

We made a stop in San Diego for Christmas staying at South Carlsbad State Beach with a great view of the ocean.

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Day 221-233 November 19 – December 1 Death Valley National Park, California


Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park


Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park

Stayed a week at Furnace Creek, first off the weather here is fantastic highs around 80 with the lows in the low 50s. My favorite spot is the Mesquite Sand Dunes they are not the tallest but the largest in Death Valley. Made several trips to the dunes for sunrise and sunset, I do preferred sunrise the lighting on the dunes is amazing in the morning. I found the main parking area to be heavily traveled and preferred parking 1.25 miles east of the parking area and hiking to the dunes roughly a one mile hike one way, here I could photograph the dunes with no foot prints on them and with a great mountain background. Gas prices in Death Valley does vary a lot at Furnace Creek it was 4.22 per gallon at Stovepipe Wells 30 miles north gas was 3.85 per gallon and 40 miles west of Stovepipe Wells at Panamint Springs gas was 5.98 per gallon. Needless to say I did end up buying gas for the car but only needed 11 gallons and did buy it at Stovepipe Wells. I’m glad that I filled the RV in Las Vegas at 2.95 per gallon.
The second week stayed at Panamint Springs photograph the Panamint Dunes they’re 8 miles north of the campground, there is a very rough dirt road that you can drive that will get you about 3 ½ miles for the dunes.  It takes about 40 minutes to drive the 6 miles of dirt road then another 1½ hours to walk to the dunes.  To get to the dunes for sunrise I headed out at 3:50am parked the car at 4:30am then made the 1 ½ hour hike to the dunes. The dunes are a bit smaller than Mesquite Sand Dunes unfortunately most of the dunes had already been walked on and were not that photogenic but I did get a few shots. My last couple of mornings in Death Valley I made the 28 mile drive back to Mesquite Sand Dunes for sunrise and I’m glad I did the clouds the last morning turned out fantastic.

Artist’s Palette, Death Valley National Park

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park
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Day 53-63 June 6-16 Lassen Volcanic National Park, Clalifornia

The Campground was very busy at Lassen the weather in the valley was in the mid to high 90s and Lassen was in the 60s and 70s

Lassen Camp Ground, California

Lassen Camp Ground, California

Here are some of my favorite photographs and locations along with a couple of time lapse sequences from Lassen

Lassen Volcanic National Park California

Lassen Volcanic National Park California

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Day 47-53 May 31-June 6 Lake Tahoe, California

We camped at Sugar Pine State Park on the west side of Lake Tahoe in California

Sugar Pine Camp ground Lake Tahoe, California

Sugar Pine Camp ground Lake Tahoe, California

Emerald bay had a fantastic view

Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe, California

Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe, California

Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe, California

Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe, California

Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe, California

Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe, California

Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe, California

Emerald Bay Lake Tahoe, California

But my favorite spot was Cascade Lake and Cascade Falls just down the road from Emerald Bay

Cascade Falls near Lake Tahoe, California

Cascade Falls near Lake Tahoe, California

Cascade Falls near Lake Tahoe, California

Cascade Falls near Lake Tahoe, California

Cascade Falls near Lake Tahoe, California

Cascade Falls near Lake Tahoe, California

Cascade Falls near Lake Tahoe, California

Cascade Falls near Lake Tahoe, California

Cascade Falls near Lake Tahoe, California

Cascade Falls near Lake Tahoe, California

Cascade Falls near Lake Tahoe, California

Cascade Falls near Lake Tahoe, California

Cascade Falls near Lake Tahoe, California

Cascade Falls near Lake Tahoe, California

Cascade Falls near Lake Tahoe, California

Cascade Falls near Lake Tahoe, California

Here’s a couple from the shoreline on Lake Tahoe from Sugar Pine State Park

Sugar Pine State Park Lake Tahoe, California

Sugar Pine State Park Lake Tahoe, California

Sugar Pine State Park Lake Tahoe, California

Sugar Pine State Park Lake Tahoe, California

Sugar Pine State Park Lake Tahoe, California

Sugar Pine State Park Lake Tahoe, California

Sugar Pine State Park Lake Tahoe, California

Sugar Pine State Park Lake Tahoe, California

Sugar Pine State Park Lake Tahoe, California

Sugar Pine State Park Lake Tahoe, California

Sugar Pine State Park Lake Tahoe, California

Sugar Pine State Park Lake Tahoe, California

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Day 37-47 May 21-31 Keough’s Hot Sring & Bishop, California

Days 37-47 we stayed at Keough’s Hot Springs and Bishop, California where they had Mule days over Memorial weekend. There were several events at the fair grounds and the longest running non-motorized parade. 

 

Mule Days Bishop California

Mule Days Bishop California

 

Did I mention the hot springs we enjoyed them several times during our stay along with our now favorite barque restaurant Holy Smoke Texas Style Barbecue – Bishop, CA

 

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Day 31-37 May 15-21 Big Pine Creek, California

We made the big drive from Lone Pine,California to Big Pine, California it’s about a 50 mile drive to the campground. Stopping a Independence to fuel up and check the air in the tires. Our Camping spot at Big Pine Creek Campground

Big Pine Creek Campground

Big Pine Creek Campground

At our campsite we we lucky to have a male hummingbird visit us several times a day during our visit.

Gallery of photographs from Big Pine 

Big Pine Gallery

Big Pine Gallery

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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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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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