Road Trips

Road Trips

  • Driving the Pacific Coast Highway - The Pacific Coast Highway runs from just north of San Diego all the way up to Seattle, Washington. Two years ago right after my retirement, during the “Summer of Lisa”, I drove the coastal highway from Redwoods NP, California up the Oregon coast to Seattle, Washington. This year, I did it in several stages. When in San Diego, I drove Highway 101 to and from Carlsbad many times. While it still had heavy traffic, it was much more beautiful and certainly easier...

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  • San Diego, California - After Moab I had stays planned in Caineville, Hatch, and Kanab, Utah to visit Capital Reef, Bryce, and Zion National Parks. Because of the heat and the summer crowds, I decided to cancel all the stays. I had booked 3 days for Joshua Tree NP and still wanted to visit there so found a place on the California coast for 11 nights between those dates. I stayed in Carlsbad, about 30 miles north of San Diego but with the traffic,...

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  • Santa Fe: “The City Different” - I haven’t been to Santa Fe since 1998, so decided to stay for two weeks to do all the museums and historical parks and sites in the area. I found a B&B, close to downtown on Paseo de Peralta which encircles the historic center. I could walk almost everywhere and not have to deal with parking. The room was very small and I didn’t have much space for “stuff” (I was quite spread out and messy!) but they had several...

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  • The Truth is in Roswell - Or is it? I don’t know but thought it would be fun to stop for a day when driving from Carlsbad to Santa Fe. I am a huge science fiction nerd, growing up watching the original Star Trek and reading Asimov and Heinlein and Clarke. I never did watch X-files. I might need to find that on streaming and start watching it. I did pull up the “Little Green Men” episode of Star Trek Deep Space 9 on Netflix as...

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  • Carlsbad, New Mexico - I stayed in Carlsbad to visit both Guadalupe Mountain National Park and Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Unfortunately, the Dog Fire, that started May 11th from lightning, closed much of Guadalupe Mountains NP. And I didn’t get reservations in advance for a tour of Carlsbad Caverns. They were booked for over a week. Luckily, however, I kept checking recreation.gov and got a tour Tuesday, June, 1st. I had booked 5 nights here thinking that would give me a lot of time...

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  • Fredericksburg, Texas - I had a number of people in Austin telling me to visit the “Hill Country” and specifically Fredericksburg. I wasn’t that interested until searching on things-to-do and found the National Museum of the Pacific War. Surprised a major museum would be in such a small town and why is the Pacific War history museum in Texas? Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, CinCPAC or Commander in Chief of the Pacific Theater during WWII, was from Fredericksburg. The initial iteration of the museum was only...

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  • Remembering San Antonio - Anyone coming to San Antonio is going to visit the Riverwalk. It’s the highlight of the city. This is a beautiful path along the San Antonio River, stores, restaurants, hotels, plenty to see and do. I walked many miles along the river on multiple days at different parts of the trail. Some areas, near downtown, are busy and crowded with restaurants and stores. But head north to the Pearl district or south to the King William and there are many...

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  • Corpus Christi and Padre Island National Seashore - After Austin I decided to visit the gulf coast for a few days. I had wanted to spend time in Sanibel and Captiva when I was in Florida. However, in January and February every place was very, very expensive which is why I spent those months in the panhandle, where I could afford it instead of where I wanted to be. Since I didn’t get to visit those Florida Gulf islands, I thought I’ll come visit some other Gulf of...

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  • “Welcome to Austin, Please Don’t Move Here” - The title for this post is from a t-shirt I was told being sold in town. I never did see one or I probably would have purchased it. I can understand why the locals would feel this way, however, seeing the number of cranes in the skyline, construction sites, detours, road and sidewalk closures, and the startling increase in housing costs. Austin makes the top ten for fastest growing cities in the US in 2020-2021. I selected an efficiency apartment on...

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  • Natchez, Mississippi - After leaving Vicksburg I thought it would be fun to travel part of the Natchez Trace Parkway and then spend a few days in Natchez. From Vicksburg, I drove east towards Jackson to get on the the parkway. The parkway extends about 440 miles from Nashville to Natchez, but I only drove about 90 miles of the trace. I want to visit a friend in Nashville next year, maybe I will try to pick it back up in Jackson and head...

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