Northern Cascades National Park

One of the least visited of the National Parks is the Northern Cascades.  Located in northern Washington State just over two hours northeast of Seattle, it is certainly one of the more secluded though surprisingly easy to get too…provided of course the snow has been cleared!  (more…)

Old Ironsides

We landed in Boston, MA and decided to cruise around the city for a little bit since it was my first visit.  We didn’t want to spend too much time in town though because we had a cabin waiting for us in Bar Harbor.  So we circled Boston Commons which is beautiful and if I have the chance to revisit the city I will certainly spend some time enjoying the park.  My target for this trip was centered on the USS Constitution. (more…)

Muir Woods National Monument

First off I will let you know that it is $5 per person, not per vehicle, to enter the park (free for kids 15 and under).  Worth. Every. Penny. Muir Woods is magnificent.  Surrounded by Red Wood trees, the primary trails are paved and fairly level.  The paved path includes 3 bridges that cross the Redwood Creek where Coho Salmon come to spawn.  There are a couple trails that take you off the beaten path and throughout the surrounding terrain.  (more…)

From the Road: Benziger Vineyard

When we left Beltane Ranch our first stop was Benziger Vineyard.  It is a beautiful vineyard with impressive landscaping, most if not all of which is part of their sustainable agriculture process.  Benziger practices biodynamic, organic, and sustainable farming methods.  They are a family oriented vineyard with several generations involved in various stages of the process. (more…)

From the Road: Condors

We spent a good deal of time not only looking down while in the Big Sur region but also up to the sky.  We were hoping to catch a glimpse of a Condor.  Within Andrew Molera State Park is The Ventana Wildlife Society Research and Education Center, established in January 1992.  We stopped in to learn a little about these creatures and learned they weren’t what we expected.  (more…)