0515 Gallop, NM

It was very windy all night, the gusts rocking the van. At 2 AM Sherman does his typical move from his blanket and curls up behind my knees. We wake up and I have to solve the morning pee logistics. If we just hop out of the van and pee like we usually do I’ll...

0514 Mohave National Preserve, CA

Quite a day. After a morning hello/goodbye with a friend, I stop at Starbucks in Mira Monte to get another blog entry posted. Lots of pictures. Started the 2nd one and it was just time to go. As I’m driving I see Sherman chewing on something and his head moves...

0501 Barker's Pass, Sequoia National Park, CA

The morning was so soft and lovely. Cool. Magical light. No wind. We got right up and went for a walk up and down all 4 of the side roads leading to other camping circles. Sherman wanted to go up a couple steep hills to follow a scent. I let him lead the way....

0430 Barker's Pass, Sequoia National Forest, CA

We get up and walk a quarter mile away to a Forest Service road going back into the woods. There are a number of places to camp back there an no evidence of recent activity. We’re gonna head back there tonight. Manzanita in bloom. Unknown in bloom. I’m...

0429 Barker's Pass, Sequoia National Forest, CA

Happy birthday dad. This is number 89. Is there a place and a way in which you still feel 16? Or 20? I know you’re body feels old. What about that sense of you? And… thanks for being my dad. πŸŽ‚πŸŽπŸŽΆπŸš€πŸ’•πŸ––πŸ½ When I pulled in last night there was one car by a large...

0428 Sequoia National Forest, CA

We arise early and take a walk up a side road that leads to another camping area. Fascinated by this mountain. The rock sheets just laying over the bubble pushed up from under the surface. Love these tiny flowers dotted in the grass. The sun and rays looked just like...

0427 Sequoia National Forest, CA

After breakfast we head up the Jeep trail again. Just past where I saw the woman and child yesterday, the trail ends. There are lots of stickers off-road, so Sherman and I sit down to enjoy the view, then head back to the van. Time to head back up near the end of the...

0426 Sequoia National Forest, CA

Happy #1 birthday to Grandson Maximus. πŸ˜πŸΎπŸ‘£πŸ™πŸΌπŸŒˆπŸ˜»βšͺοΈπŸ•πŸ™πŸΌπŸ˜Ž A day to explore the area. In the morning, we go into Kerville to find wireless. I needed to send some email about the Pottery School. Had eggs and coffee at Cheryl’s Diner. Then on our way to drive as far...

0425 Sequoia National Forest, CA

To get to the forest I need to go through Bakersfield. So I head through Santa Paula to the 5, and then over the Grapevine to the 99 to Bakersfield. From there we’ll head past Lake Isabella, through Kernville and into the forest. The Grapevine is amazing....

0415 Ojai, CA

Been back in Ojai a bit. This time it feels different. I’m not just visiting, but hope to be staying. For those of you who haven’t heard the story yet, here are the basics. About 2 months ago, I got a call from one of my pottery students. She said that...