Charming Adventures

8 Places to Love for National Recycling Day!

November 15 is National Recycling Day, and so we’ve “recycled” a few older blog posts to tell you all about the best, most-fun, clearly mind-blowing destinations highlighting recycled materials … and you can visit them all! According to National Geographic, Americans send 64 tons of waste to landfills during their lifetime.  Not these...

Eastern Sierras, CA: The Real Unreal

After every long trip, people inevitably ask, “What was your favorite stop?” Well, folks, in twenty-seven stops of Summer 2023, THIS was our favorite! Along the Eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada mountains, a 54-mile stretch of Highway 395 between Bridgeport and Mammoth Lakes is truly unreal … but it’s real!! Here are just a few of our favorite...

California: Witty, Wild, & Wacky!

Ahhhh, California, you never fail to delight and amuse. Here are just a few of the witty and wacky things we’ve laughed at along the way over the last three months! The Rear View Preach Wild Kingdom Pet Peeves Menu Madness I Love The Smell of Diesel In The Morning Fundraising Genius Masters of Marketing Speak Your Truth Great Plate Spread Good Cheer Just...

South Lake Tahoe, NV: Watery Wonders

Our only other Nevada stop of this 11-week trip was at South Lake Tahoe.  It was almost Not-Nevada, as the California state line was only 3 miles away, and a great majority of Lake Tahoe is actually in Cali. Lake Tahoe is the second-largest Alpine lake in North America, behind Lake Titicaca (which nobody can say without giggling) in South America. If you drive...

Virginia City, NV: Haunted Hillside

Having visited Virginia City, MT last year, 2023 was the year for Virginia City, NV.  Perhaps next year we’ll try Virginia City, VA, or Virginia City, NM.  This particular Virginia City is an old mining town, reachable only via very steep, winding, guardrail-less roads, and, like most mining towns, perched high on the hillside. The mountainside under our...

Truckee, CA: A Beautiful Mess

A quick two nights in Truckee, CA had us taking one of the most unique hikes ever … through miles and miles of graffiti-covered, abandoned train tunnels. It was a mess … but a beautiful mess! It was slow going, due to a river-rock surface, standing water in sections, and the necessity to stop every few feet and gaze in wonder at the artwork.  Some was...

Graeagle, CA: Not-Lost In The Lost Sierras

In two months, we’ve been in (or on) the Western Sierras, Central Sierras, Northern Sierras, and now on our merry way to the Eastern Sierras, so it was inevitable that we’d find ourselves in something called the Lost Sierras. It’s an under-appreciated, under-populated forest area splattered with lakes and trails, with a pristine, charming town...

Burney, CA: We’re Big on Burney

Burney may be a small Northern California town, but it delivered some big delights! Burney Falls is a big waterfall, at 129 feet. To recognize how big, look for the tiny people in the lower left corner of the foreground below. It’s so dang pretty that Theodore Roosevelt once deemed it the Eighth Wonder of the World, though if still alive today, he would...

Shasta Cascades, CA: In the Shadow of Shasta

Besides being a tasty and economical soda pop, Shasta is also a county, a town, a national forest, and a super-huge mountain in California, and being almost to the Oregon border, is the northernmost point of our 11-week trip. In fact, though still in California, the over-the-air news broadcasts are from Oregon stations. Seeing it for the first time, environmentalist...