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Chasing the Super Bloom

By | April 10, 2016 7:23 pm

Major rain storms that Death Valley had in October 2015 destroyed roads and flooded Scotty’s Castle. We happened to have driven through Titus Canyon and passed Scotty’s the day before the storms.  We camped at Gold Point that night and broke camp as it started to rain.  The entire drive back to Las Vegas, we were pounded with rain and started hearing reports of the places we had just been the day before getting washed away.  The devastation is still being cleaned up and fixed months later. The silver lining to the storms is that the ground was primed for a special spring blooming of wild flowers.  Nationally, news stories were calling it a Super Bloom.  Since we live so close to Death Valley, of course we had to check it out first hand. When we went, all the reports were indicating that the best of the bloom was in ... Read More

We took a few days to drive from Monterrey, CA to Santa Barbara along the legendary Pacific Coast Highway, aka Highway 1. This is one of those trips where we had no real plans other than to take in the sites along the way. We started off with lunch at the London Pub in Monterrey and then spent some time walking on the pier and got some sand between the toes.  Mid-afternoon we drove down to our first night’s camp at Prewitt Ridge. The view was incredible.  We hiked around the area for a while before taking a seat to enjoy the sunset. As night fell, the clouds rolled in below us, covering the ocean. Venus and Jupiter were bright in the sky and gave us some great nighttime pictures. The clouds offered a very interesting glow from the ocean.  We’re not sure if it was caused by fishing ships ... Read More