National Park

Prairie Creek Redwoods SP & Redwoods NP

Banana slug, Prairie Creek Trail, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

My apologies for disappearing for two weeks with no explanation. Many things have happened in the past few weeks, or 2-3 months actually, some very good and one very bad, and the very bad thing is ongoing and may continue to affect my posting here (to say the least of what it will affect). One of the very good things, though, is that The BF has become The Fiancee! He proposed in Fern Canyon (see next photo, although that’s not the exact spot he did it) in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. These photos represent a third of the photos from that trip, and also include a few photos of the nearby Redwoods National Park and the Requa Inn, a B&B there. As always, click on any photo to be taken to the entire photo album. Next up will be the other photos from that trip: Humboldt Redwoods and Patrick’s Point State Park. Enjoy! ~The TSC (more…)


Hurricane Ridge – Marmots!

One of our greatest hikes ever was when, during our 2014 epic road trip to Oregon and Washington, we did Hurricane Ridge [general info. available here] in Olympic National Park in Washington state. SO MANY MARMOTS, and many other cute animals as well. And, once the fog lifted a bit, the stunning landscape was revealed to us too. It was a pretty chilly hike (since you are, after all, on a ridge) but literally one of the best in my entire life. Click here for the entire photo album! (more…)

Yosemite 2015: Jay, Deer, Bobcat & more!

I’ve gone to Yosemite three times now (2012, 2014, and 2015), and feel very lucky, because it’s a beautiful place. The only real downside of it is its popularity, making it feel, half the time, more like Disneyland than a national park. But if the people drive you nuts, that’s all the more reason to get out on the hard trails! On this trip we even did the famous Half Dome hike (photos of which will be posted separately). We also got to see a lot of wildlife–although no bears, which was odd. If you like what you see here (a Stellar’s Jay on the fence by the pool, Mirror Lake, a bobcat spotted by Yosemite Lodge, and the view of a valley at dusk), check out the rest of the album. (more…)

Yosemite 2014: Vernal Falls, Cuties & Cairns

We went to Yosemite for the second time in August of 2014. The new thing for us this time was hiking up to Vernal Falls, which is actually quite difficult (but that’s all just the START of the hike all the way up to Half Dome). Vernal Falls was flowing pretty weakly, so there was no mist on the “Mist Trail”, but it made for a gorgeous rainbow. If you like what you see above and below, check out the rest of the photos on SmugMug. (more…)

Bicaz Canyon, Corund, Lázár Castle, church in Mugeni, Carpathians

This album, the third of my Oct. 2006 Romania trip, contains photos of the following places. Links to more Wikipedia articles, official websites, etc. can be found further down.

  • Bicaz Canyon (4 photos) (as seen from the road)
  • Corund/Korond village pottery shops (3 photos)
  • Lázár Castle (3 photos)
  • Calvinist, late Gothic church in Mugeni/Bögöz (2 photos) You can read about the church, famous for its medieval frescos and coffered ceiling, here, and there’s an absolutely stunning, high-quality interactive video of its interior here [if it doesn’t take you right to it, click Churches, then Calvinist Church Mugeni]. I *promise* the video is worth checking out—and don’t forget to look up, at that ceiling!
  • The Carpathians, and a little boy’s house there (11 photos)