Sequoia: You Know the Giant Trees but Have You Met the Marmots?

We had reserved a campground along the Generals Highway towards the northwestern entrance to Sequoia National Park, knowing we had a fairly long drive from Las Vegas. We had a few potential hikes in mind, and based on conditions after talking to a few rangers, we chose to hike near the center of the park,… Continue reading Sequoia: You Know the Giant Trees but Have You Met the Marmots?

Yosemite from Tioga Road: Don’t Plan on Dry Feet

Northern Nevada’s lack of campgrounds led to us exploring one of the most impressive waterfalls I’ve visited in recent memory. We drove into Nevada after meeting my aunt for a lovely dinner near Sonoma, in search of a campsite (seriously, CA state parks, $35/night??). After a few misses – one full campground, one dirt road… Continue reading Yosemite from Tioga Road: Don’t Plan on Dry Feet

Great Basin, the Forgotten National Park

Yet again, this park intrigued us because none of our guide books covered it in much detail, and we ended up loving it. (In fact, in our reading, we glossed over the park without even realizing its existence till we passed a sign near Valley of Fire.) Great Basin is in Nevada, just across the… Continue reading Great Basin, the Forgotten National Park

Grand Canyon, North Rim: Who Comes Down, Must Go Up

The first ranger we talked to told us an old Grand Canyon adage: down is optional, but up is mandatory. We chose the north rim for a few reasons. First, it attracts far fewer visitors (everything I read said the north rim gets around 10% of annual Grand Canyon park-goers) so we hoped to avoid… Continue reading Grand Canyon, North Rim: Who Comes Down, Must Go Up