Author Archives: Chez

In and around Lisbon

Flew into Lisbon Spent 2 nights in an AirBnB in the old city, a great spot to feel like a local.  Definitely you do not want a car if you are staying inside the city. Walked around to a great … Continue reading

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San Rafael Swell, Utah

The San Rafael Swell is a really neat area that happens to be bisected by Interstate 70, meaning lots of people get to see it even if they don’t realize what they are driving through. The San Rafael Swell, 2,000 … Continue reading

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Valley of Fire, Nevada

A quick trip through the Valley of Fire. A beautiful place, made even more amazing by the storm that decided to pay us a visit. Lots of good hiking here, as well as a campsite if you can get in … Continue reading

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The great west road and ski trip 2013

I left San Diego in a rush.  I had to get north to Griffin in Palmdale (where he was working), and continue onto Bridgeport, CA where we would spend the night, since Tahoe in one day was too long of … Continue reading

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10 things to do in San Diego

Not saying these are the top 10, just that these are 10 things to do.  .. 1.  See the desert in the spring for the wildflowers. … *see more desert wildflowers here …  But don’t forget your sunscreen, your Mr … Continue reading

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Desert Wildflowers

Many of the deserts treasures can be seen from afar – a beautiful Joshua Tree, an Ocotillo in flower, even an agave reaching for the sky with bright yellow flowers.  But even more of the deserts best kept secrets are … Continue reading

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The Subway – Zion National Park

This is a rather long (appx 12-mile) through hike.  The trail takes you across windswept sandstone mesas, down into the canyon, and through cold and dark slots so tight and deep they require swimming, and eventually returning to the warmth … Continue reading

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Lily and Goliath

A page to the wonderful friends we share our lives with.

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Sonoran Desert, Arizona

Just a brief trip through the desert in March, 2007.  

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Lassen National Park in Winter

The park road is closed in the winter as it is not worth plowing it, so we camped at road’s end in the parking lot.  We flattened out an area in the snow and roasted marshmellows over our coals – … Continue reading

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