Day 11- 25/7/2019    After packing up from our campsite, we headed to Carson City and then on to Reno. We hit the local Trader Joe’s for salad, breakfast food for a few days, and dressing. We managed to make it to Crater Lake National Park where we found that their communication ability is not good. The “information center” didn’t know if there was campsites at either camping locations. They also were kinda rude about it. We drove back and verified that the site was full, so wee only stopped for a few photos of the lake before wee took off to find a campsite outside the park.


We lucked onto a great site up Cinnamon Butte Look Out (road). The mosquitoes got bad as the sun set, but otherwise it was a nice setup. 

Crater Lake National Park 3
Crater Lake National Park 2
Crater Lake National Park
Free campsite on Cinnamon Butte. Crater Lake was full and badly setup to keep track of things.

Day 10 – 24/7/2019 We packed up the tent and headed to the General! General Sherman is the largest tree (not tallest, but physical size/volume). This tree grows more in girth a year than most trees have in size total. 

It is an extremely impressive tree. 

After that, we when to climb Moro Rock. The normal access was closed. We took the longer (3 mile round trip) route to the summit. The views were good, if muted by the smoke and humidity.


After that, we hopped back in the Honda and headed to free campsite near Tahoe.


General Sherman Up, Up, and I need a break.
The General Sherman Tree is the world’s largest tree, measured by volume. It stands 275 feet (83 m) tall, and is over 36 feet (11 m) in diameter at the base. Sequoia trunks remain wide high up. Sixty feet above the base, the Sherman Tree is 17.5 feet (5.3 m) in diameter.
We like big trees!
Paint me like one of your French boys
Dogwood. A bit past its prime
Tunnel tree near Moro Rock. YES!! The Honda Fit fits!
Coming and going, the Honda fits.
The Sierras as seen from Moro Rock
Pretty Flowers with Moro Rock tucked into the background

Day 9- 23/7/2019   After a very late start to the road trip, we found that our free campsite was not to be had. It was down a gated private road. So… we motored into the National Park and got a site in the pay area. After setting up the tent and throwing the food into the food locker (damn you bears!), we hiked down to the big trees. 


This huge tree was first discovered by westerners in the late 1800’s already as seen. These trees decompose very slowly.
Moss inside the fallen tree.
Big tree in the growing shadows
That’s not a tree! This is a tree!!
Deer on a quick hike
Camp in Sequoia National Park.

Day 8- 22/7/2019  We spent a day dealing with random things and getting ready for the next legs of our trip. I was trying to recover from a sore throat and little to no voice for the second day. We knocked out some shopping at REI, hung out i Balboa Park, and hit  bar while our friend got her hair styled. We tried a new IPA- Goo Goo Muck from Fall Brewing. We ended the night introducing two groups of friends (Laura’s work friends and our mutual personal finance nerd friends) and enjoying Pho. 


No photos from the day. 

Day 7-  21/7/2019   We had dim sum and then tried wonton before wee went for a walk. We walked around the La Jolla and La Jolla beach for a few hours and enjoyed the marine creatures.  At the end of the day, we stopped for beer and cheese at the old Naval Training Center which is now a foodie mecca. Stone Brewery has a nice setup there and we enjoyed “Fear. Movie. Lions.” IPA a lot.



Baby Seal!!!
There were 5 or so baby seals.
Despite the smell, the seals and baby seals were cool to watch.
A seagull stole my churro as a kid. To this day, they are all thieves to me.

Day 6- 20/7/2019 Hanging with friends in San Diego.


A fun chill day eating Mexican food, visiting 2 breweries (Bolt Brewing & Helix Brewing which has a nice IPA) and then the night at a different friend’s house.

Mr. Pickles demands you pet him.
Cabrillo National Monument
light house
Yo can take the rock climber out of Colorado, but you can’t take the climber out of them!
Tide pools at Point Loma
More tide pools
Point Loma


19/7/2019- We got an early start to try and catch an early bus to the Angel’s Landing trailhead. The first bus was packed so we waited 30 minutes to catch the second. We hiked the 5.4 miles and ~1500 feet (mostly paved) quickly enough. There was a couple with a baby in a front-pack that was going only slightly slower than us. Who would have thought to bring  a baby on a hike with big falls and some third-class sections?

The route was easy if you don’t have an issue with heights. The weather was nice too. We got in with an off duty trail crew that was able to fly through the chains and narrow sections, making the decent quick and low drama. 

After the hike, we rode the bus to the lodge and hiked the Lower Emerald Falls. It is an easy hike filled with people.

With the hikes done, we checked the internet for car routes and decided to drive to near San Diego. The drive was more than 8 hours and the campsite we chose was not good. San Diego was overflowing with Cosplayers and conventioneers going to Comic-Con San Diego. We got one of the last 4-5 rooms in a hotel near our friend’s house and settled in to shower for the first time in days.



Lower Emerald Falls
Palmer’s Penstemon (Penstemon Palmeri)
The Chains to Angel’s Landing show the softness of the rock and strength of stainless steel.
The top of Angel’s Landing
No angels here, but you can find 30 “influencers” per foot if you can see past the selfie-sticks.
little deer on the trail=

Day 4- Driving day. Lots of miles through Navajo country. Lots of stark landscapes and beautiful vistas. We found a free campsite right outside Zion’s east entrance and went into Zion to explore.

Lake Powell Glenn Canyon Dam
Lake Powell
Deep down there, there are buried ruins like Mesa Verde
A look at one of the windows for the super long tunnel through Zion.
More Zion!
Start of the Narrows Trail
Shadows of Zion
little deer on the trail