wildlife

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…)

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Squirrel Lookout

There’s this scenic overlook between LA and San Diego, accessible when you’re going south, and it is FULL OF GROUND SQUIRRELS. We just (May 9th) saw a ton of squirrels there. And I have to note that we were good citizens and did NOT feed them (this time; I’m ashamed to admit that that wasn’t the case the first time we saw them). They’re so tame from all the feeding that you can get great photos of them without contributing to the problem. Click here for all the rest of the photos. (more…)

Safari Edventure

I was in Miami visiting family again, and convinced everyone to head to Safari Edventure animal rehabilitation center—“for the kids,” of course. This is a great place that lets you touch a sloth, feed a kangaroo popcorn, play with wolves, and more. And they currently have a baby sloth! Click here to see the full photo album. (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…)

Oneonta Gorge

If you’re down for more than the drive-up waterfalls Multnomah & Horsetail, another thing right in the area is Oneonta Gorge. [Full photo album is here.] Hike through this green little heaven (bring watershoes, and the water is COLD, so be prepared) a mere 0.3 miles and there’s a little waterfall at the end. But even if you don’t want to get wet at all, you should be able to hike in at least a little bit it, and it’s worth it, trust me. (more…)

TSC is on Twitter

Hi everyone, quick announcement: I have joined the world of Twitter (and foolishly forgot to mention this in a post, although I added it to the “Follow” page.) I share the latest blog posts there, naturally, but also individual photos, including some that I haven’t shared anywhere else on the internet. If you’d like to check me out, I’m @TravlSqrlChef.

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Okay, now back to the regularly scheduled (Tuesdays & Fridays, 6PM PST) posts.