Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Deschutes National Forest, Oregon

As part of B's 5th birthday celebration, we visited Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Deschutes National Forest, Oregon. *Fun fact: Deschutes means "falls" in French. Like Fancy Nancy says, everything is fancier in French! B says, "I'm the guard of my birthday and we're not doing school or taking showers and daddy's not working on … Continue reading Newberry National Volcanic Monument, Deschutes National Forest, Oregon

Joshua Tree National Park

We visited Joshua Tree National Park 3 times in February & March while we were staying at Sam's Family Spa in Desert Hot Springs, CA. Do you know how Joshua trees got their name? I didn't. My google-research indicated that the name came from a group of Mormons who thought that the unique trees looked … Continue reading Joshua Tree National Park

Pinnacles National Park

Yesterday we went to Pinnacles National Park for a Sabbath morning hike. Per the Ranger's suggestion, we hiked the Bear Gulch Cave loop (3 miles). There was water on the cave floor in some places and a small waterfall which sounded bigger than it looked. Talk about a hidden gem. It was amazing. I am … Continue reading Pinnacles National Park