Overnight with prehistoric graffiti near Phoenix

  By Bob Difley Most historic or recreation sites managed by the BLM don’t get a lot of publicity and even less advertising. So you may zip on by such a location and not even know it existed, or that you’ve passed within a stone’s throw from it. Painted Rock Petroglyph Site, about 90 miles southwest of Phoenix, is typical.... Read More

So much history, so many tears

  By Chuck Woodbury How many tears were shed in the Jacksonville Historic Cemetery? When I walk through a historic cemetery like this one, I can’t help imagining the scenes when each person was buried, and the tears that were shed.  I love to visit cemeteries. I typically walk from grave to grave, looking for clues to each person’s life. Cemeteries are usually very quiet and peaceful. They... Read More

Deep blue Crater Lake a sight to behold

  By Chuck Woodbury If you have never been to Crater Lake, you have not seen the bluest blue on Earth —  its water! It’s amazing. It’s breathtaking. It’s gorgeous! Crater Lake, in south central Oregon, is just shy of 2,000 feet deep at its deepest point, the deepest lake in the United States. No water comes in except snow melt and no... Read More

Dramatic geology at Red Rock Canyon State Park

  By Bob Difley The 50-site campground at Red Rock Canyon State Park is tucked into the base of colorful desert cliffs where once the Kawaiisu Indians hunted rabbits and small game. I was reminded of this when I had taken no more than a dozen steps outside my motorhome and confronted a coyote stalking a cottontail. Suddenly the coyote... Read More

Still alive after visit with meat-eating plants

  By Chuck Woodbury I survived my visit to the meat-eating plants along the Oregon coast just north of Florence. It turns out, these carnivores prefer insects to humans. The plants occupy an area about half the size of a basketball court alongside U.S. 101. A short trail — maybe 1/10th of a mile, leads into the plants, and then a... Read More

Visit the home of the Simpsons

  By Chuck Woodbury Springfield, Ore., next door neighbor to Eugene, is the home of the TV cartoon series “The Simpsons.” That’s according to cartoon series creator Matt Groening. “The only reason is that when I was a kid, the TV show ‘Father Knows Best’ took place in the town of Springfield, and I was thrilled because I imagined that it was the... Read More

Four places to see fall colors in California

  Every autumn, diminishing daylight hours and cooler temperatures send a message to California’s broadleaf trees: Unfurl those colors — it’s showtime! Fall’s show is fleeting, so timing matters. Autumn colors travel with the elevations, starting in the highest mountains and descending to the foothills. Wind along California’s roads and trails to the sampling of leaf-viewing sites below, arranged according to... Read More

See the heavens up close at this RV park

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris When you wish upon a starmakes no difference who you areAnything your heart desiresWill come to you … If you want to wish upon a star, you first need to see it. And that’s not usually too difficult: Step outside at night, and in most places you’ll see a few. But for those who want... Read More