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…

Hazy Hike at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Fall Creek Unit

It was a smoky November. So hazy, one cannot see ridges around Bay Area. Even coast had poor air quality. We spent two weekends in a row doing nothing, and I felt anxious. Dunno how I decided that redwood forests on the west side of Santa Cruz Mountains should be okay to hike. Visit of…

4 days road trip in Western Wyoming

Day 0. Start of the journey We entered Wyoming from Colorado. And most of our first day (though I don’t count it in this post) was on the road. We drove through wast deserted south Wyoming, passing old small towns. Then we reached the eastern border of Shoshone National Forest. US 287 merged into US…

Yellowstone National Park in one day

Yellowstone National Park is an ultimate item in the most people lifetime bucket lists. And the idea of spending just a day in it could sound like a joke. Though I’m not joking. Once we started to plan the vacation week in Colorado and Wyoming, it was evident that we will miss a few of…

Hiking Sierra Buttes

I remember the moment when I first saw photos from the top of Sierra Buttes. The place stole my heart in a moment. Then last Thanksgiving I wanted to hike but there was snow on the top, and I was hesitant. Then we returned to the area in January, but I even didn’t think about…