From Volcanoes to Yosemite

Still giddy from the amazing riding through Lassen Volcanic National Park, I went against the advice of local riders I chatted with at a rest area, and took CA-32 out of the park to Chico. Their warning about 15-20 minute construction delays turned out to be more like 30-45 minutes, but the bright red line... Continue Reading →

Volcanic Legacy

Ann’s sage advice to avoid Weed, CA, a town bearing the brunt of the deadly Mill wildfire, was sound on two accounts.  For one, US-97, the bulk of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway that I was hoping to ride, was shut-down near Weed, so I wouldn’t have been able to get through.  Secondly, even though... Continue Reading →

The reason I joined the Army

I usually hesitate for a second, when people ask me in which branch of the military I served. “Well, actually three branches, but I retired from the Army.” The follow-up questions usually include wanting to know why I served in so many branches.  Simple answer:  I followed the opportunities. Which leads me to the reason... Continue Reading →

Who the Hell is John Day?!

OK, I'll get to John Day in a minute, but first let me tell you a little bit about the area around Crater Lake before moving on. One of the things I learned at the Crater Lake Visitors Center was that, even though no rivers or streams feed into the lake, snowmelt that doesn’t spill... Continue Reading →

The Deepest Lake in the U.S.

After experiencing so many gorgeous bodies of water during my travels thus far, I decided that Crater Lake National Park was a must see. Everyone I'd met who had been there, put the park in their top 5 of all time. So, off I went to explore it! At its deepest point, Crater Lake is... Continue Reading →

The Marble Halls of Oregon

I have a confession to make.  I’m not a big fan of caves.  Yeah, they’re fascinating, and I can appreciate the artful hand of Mother Nature, but they run counter to three things on which I thrive:  open space, warmth, and sunlight! Nevertheless, as I was plotting my course from the Redwoods parks to Crater... Continue Reading →

Redwood Trees

On a narrow strip of coast along southwestern Oregon and northwestern California, lies a forest range of the tallest trees in the world.  The Redwoods National and State Parks is a cooperative management effort by the National Park Service and the California Department of Parks and Recreation.  I rode the length of the park to... Continue Reading →

The Cascade Loop

Billed as Washington’s Ultimate Road Trip, this 440-mile Cascade Loop takes you from “the ocean in western Washington, over the mountains, across the desert of eastern Washington, and through the lush valleys in between.” There was so much to see and do on this route that I took four full days to do it! Continue Reading →

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