Oak Glen

My favorite time of year is autumn.  Southern California may still feel like summer  but you can start to sense a bit of crispness in the air. The mornings are a bit cool and you may even be able to don a sweater before the sun fully comes out! To celebrate the fall equinox we…

Through the canyon and to the mountains where the hot springs lie

Continued… After spending the night at chateau BLM we headed towards Death Valley National Park through Titus Canyon. The Titus Canyon route is a 27 mile dirt road which passes through the rugged mountains that frame the eastern edge of Death Valley National Park. The road was originally built, like so many other roads  in…

The Opera, Pupfish, and Ghost Towns

Continued… As the diffuse morning light painted the landscape in pastel we packed up and left the desert rat enclave of Tecopa and headed toward Death Valley Junction. Death Valley Junction is a small desert town with a population of less than 20 people. The town was formed in the 1920s with the backing of…

Hippies, Date Palms and Mud Mites

For thanksgiving we explored corners of the desert we had not been to before. Our five day road trip started in the depths of the Mojave, took us over arid mountains and into Death Valley. We finished our trip by popping out by the eastern Sierra. I realize I write an awful lot about the…

Ten Sleep Wyoming – By Valarie Tes Anderson

For the first installment of Hidden Corners we will be visiting the small town of Ten Sleep Wyoming. My dear friend Valarie Anderson sure did her research on this one. THE WILD BLUE YONDER Valarie Tes Anderson I’m a California native. While there is an endless supply of outdoor arenas to visit in my home state, they…

Hidden Corners

There is a trend in the way social media and the internet are influencing where people play outside. It seems that more and more the most beautiful well known spots are being flooded with visitors. for example National Parks throughout the nation are seeing record high visitations for the 3rd year in a row. Parking…