Kauai: Photographic Journey

How do you plan your trips, or do you plan them at all? My approach is: find a beautiful photo and plan the day around the location of it. I used the same approach when planned a Hawaiian trip. The only problem is that the whole of Kauai looks like a paradise. So the following…

Winter Weekend at Mt Shasta

Among dozens of places in California where one could spend a weekend, Mount Shasta became my favorite. Especially entertaining this place is during the winter season. Higher elevations tend to get some snow cover during the cold weather, and Mount Shasta becomes a ski resort. If you do ski, visit Mt. Shasta Ski Park. But…

Winter road trip in New Mexico

Two years ago, we drove into New Mexico for a week-long Christmas road trip. I had a long list of places I wanted to see, experience, and photograph. However, a few days before our flight, it became clear that it would not be the case. It was a year of several weeks long government shutdown…

Active Napa Fall Trip

What do you think about Napa? Fancy tastings? Picnics near the vines? Accidental peddling between wineries and tasty dinner? It could be, but don’t allow those thoughts to trick you. Napa could be full of active adventures (mixed with all things from above)! Early Morning Drive Silverado Trail Nothing could bit early morning fall drive….

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…