Charming Adventures

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...

Fort Bragg, CA: The Lost Coast

Here we are on California’s Lost Coast, a mostly undeveloped area, so named after experiencing depopulation in the 1930s, but also maybe because you’re blessedly lost from civilization here, only accessed from all directions by difficult, narrow, twisty/turny roads, and 90 minutes from the nearest large town. You’ve heard of Fort Bragg, perhaps, but...

San Jose, CA: The Bizarre Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House adds to our growing list of fabulous, weird properties we’ve visited around the country. Why is this place so weird?  Well, its construction was driven by a psychic medium advising a very, very wealthy woman, with nothing but time and money to blow on its strange, 40-year progression.  Sarah Winchester, wife of Winchester Rifle magnate...

Carmel, CA: The Greatest Meeting of Land and Sea

Carmel, California: It has been called “heaven designed” and deemed “the greatest meeting of land and sea in the world.” And who are we to disagree? While much/all of the nation swelters under a heat dome or is washed away in flooding, Carmel CA temps are in the high 50’s, practically begging us to come out and explore. Exploring is best...

High @ Pinnacles NP, & Low @ Forestiere Underground Gardens

PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK Isolated. Serene. Majestic. A place for rejuvenation! These are some of the ways Philip describes Pinnacles National Park in Central California. It’s a peaceful place of great beauty, and our 70th National Park Service site in 10 years of RV’ing. At only 44 square miles, Pinnacles is on the smaller size, and yet the single road...

Bakersfield, CA: Sounds and Sights

I’m just gonna say it. Bakersfield, California is probably not on most people’s bucket lists. But if you’re a country music fan, there’s a good chance it is, and that reason in “The Bakersfield Sound!” The Bakersfield Sound is considered less smooth and a little twangier than that which comes out of Nashville, but arguably no less...

NorCal: Fourth Time’s A Charm

Northern California … our fourth attempt! It’s been planned, and cancelled, three previous times: once for wildfires, once for Covid, and once when Philip slipped and ruptured a disc in his back on the way there, necessitating a quick return home for emergency surgery and rehab. Fast forward to 2023: fourth time’s a charm! We’re comin’...