Mitchell Caverns

After being closed for an extended period, Mitchell Caverns reopened just a year ago. I tried to book them last year planning our southwest trip. And it was a shock for me that it was scheduled entirely until March! This August I called them again. They have very strict instruction on how one can book…

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…

Photos from Pioneertown

Pioneertown is a great short (or long) stop on the way to Joshua Tree that brings not just rest after a drive but also allows to play and pretend that you are in the old western town. And it was precisely a goal of the town creators, Dick Curtis, Roy Rogers, and Russell Hayden and…

Laguna Beach and around

What would you like to do on your birthday? I know what I will always want for my birthday – salty air, fresh breeze, waves, and sand. Ocean has the best background for the birthday. Ocean as my favorite friend is always a pleasant guest on my birthday.

SoCal: Storm on the beach

It was planned as a sweet and warm ending of the year. I wanted to check out few Orange county beaches before heading to Oceanside and San Diego. On a Wednesday night, we stayed in the middle of nowhere near Interstate 5. When I woke up, I saw an apricot field, mountains in the distance…