New Zealand
April 20, 2019

One Week. April 13 to 20, 2019 Spent a wonderful short week in New Zealand, catching up with family and preparing the way for the Simla Ave build.

Solar Eclipse – Sisters, OR
August 29, 2017

August 21st, 2017 A trip one year in the works – flights and hotels were booked the moment it was possible to do so. We were getting excited as the event drew nearer. So time to check  some logistics about 2 weeks out….. and what’d you know…. some one (that’d be me) forgot to book […]

Death Valley ‘Super Bloom’ 2016
March 11, 2016

Once in a Decade… We heard about it, read about it, saw the pictures and Park updates,…. and wondered: what are we doing here instead of going to see it for ourselves?! Lucky enough to score rooms in Furnace Creek Ranch and Stovepipe Wells, we set off on Friday, March 4th, late afternoon. We broke […]

Mt Shasta with Friends
May 17, 2015

A quick trip up the I5 to climb Mt Shasta with Darrin and Lisa. The weather was not kind to us and we did not even attempt the summit. Instead we did a little skills training. Great weekend nonetheless.

Thanksgiving 2012 In Death Valley.
November 29, 2012

Some months ago we decided to spend this year’s Thanksgiving long weekend in Death Valley, for 2 reasons: we love that desert and it would be a good test for our new camping set-up. For some months Stephen had been working on installing and fine tuning everything in and on the car. The roof top […]

Annular Solar Eclipse
May 21, 2012

Sunday, May 20, 2012 We decided to drive to just north of Redding, CA, to make the most of the Annular Solar Eclipse and see the ‘Ring of Fire’. The event was the first one of its kind to be visible from the mainland United States since 1994. The region won’t see another such eclipse […]

Death Valley
June 10, 2011

On Friday, May 27, we set off from Emeryville around 3:45pm to start our Memorial Day weekend trip to Death Valley. We’d only decided this just over a week before and were lucky to still find accommodation in Death Valley Nat’l Park. Or maybe luck had nothing to do with it and not too many […]

Short Trips
October 19, 2010

Kristin left NY on the afternoon of October 12th (see previous post); I checked into the Newark Airport Hilton that evening, where I was was joined by Stephen early the next morning. He’d just flown in on the red-eye from San Francisco.After breakfast we went back to EWR to check in for our flight to […]

Brokeoff Mt and Ponderosa Way
September 8, 2010

Labor Day long weekend: hiking, 4WD and Sacramento. We went back to Lassen Volcanic Nat’l Park to knock of Brokeoff Mt. which is the high point of Tehama County, CA. There are 58 counties in California, with 56 high points (2 are on borders). We liked the trail to the summit of Brokeoff very much. […]

Lassen Peak and Shasta Bally Trail
August 23, 2010

Here are some photos of a nice weekend away. On Saturday we visited Lassen National Park. We drove around the Park and hiked to the top of Lassen Peak. Sunday we went 4WD’ing in the vicinity of Whiskeytown Lake. We used the book ‘California Trails – North Coast Region’ by Peter Massey et al. We […]