Bavaria Roadtrip

It was the most unforgettable trip I ever had. The mix of impressive Alps and fairy tale villages and castles, what could be better? The only regret that I had only four days, otherwise I would explore more. We started in Munich Airport, picked the rental car and en route. Here my plans crashed the…

Fall Farms Coastal Trip

This part of the year – the middle of September – the beginning of October, always trigger the romantic part of me. I want to wear knit sweaters and hats, boots and warm jackets. I start to love everything brown, yellow, and orange colors again. These weeks add dozens of pictures of trees turning yellow…

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…

Winter adventures in Jemez National Forest

It happened that on Christmas vacations we spent three days in Albuquerque. The shutdown closed the parks and monuments, winter storm threatened to close roads in the mountain, and Albuquerque wasn’t the worst place to be. These three days were the test of my planning skills. I rebooked hotel, changed routes and planned stops on…

Joshua Tree National Park in day and a half

For four years we spent Thanksgiving weekend in Northern Sierra hoping for snow and hiking among the pines. And last year was a disappointment. I wore a thing flannel shirt all weekend long. It was so warm so all snow that fell in previous days melted without signs. Was it the reason for such dramatic…

Fall Road trip to Hope Valley

When I first googled “Fall Colors in California,” among all the Eastern Sierra locations, I saw Hope Valley. The place was somehow totally unknown to me. Then I started my research, and the trip idea appeared. Hope Valley rests at 7,000 feet south of Lake Tahoe on the eastern side of Carson Pass. The drive,…