Lassen National Park

If one day someone asks me what my two favorite California National Parks are, I would say Lassen and Redwoods. No, not Yosemite – that is amazing but always busy, sometimes way too busy to be enjoyable. Not Death Valley, which is though very likable but still is a desert that is deadly half of…

Early Fall in Grand Teton

I had a chance to spend several days in Grand Teton, my favorite national park, at the end of August, beginning of September. As always, I wished aspen would already start to turn yellow but no – they were summer green. But fall felt everywhere – brown grasses and bright yellow bushes were first signs…

Glacier National Park

A few years ago we bought National Park journal, where you need to put stickers and dates of your visits, eventually earning a regional sticker. Of course, I cannot leave empty spaces in it. I felt like I must visit at least all of the western parks. And Glacier eventually became my top of the…

Waterfall hikes. San Francisco South Bay and Peninsula edition

Winter brings rain, and with the rains, waterfalls season starts. When mountains and their mighty falls are still covered with the deep snow, Bay Area local waterfalls bring joy. This list includes waterfalls located in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Except for Long Ridge, you will need to pay for parking or entrance. Uvas Canyon also…