• Big Bear,  Southern California,  Trip Report

    Coon Creek Jump Off and 1N30 Trip Review

    Trip Report and Guide – San Bernardino National Forest Coon Creek and 1N30 June 2018 30 second review: We were scoping out potential yellow post camp sites and found plenty of awesome spots. The main road ends at Coon Creek Jump Off and a Cabin for PCT hikers. At this point 1N30 begins which is a fun trail with some great views that’s not too difficult or too long. Fees: It’s free! Access to Coon Creek Jump Off is through Heart Bar Campground in San Bernardino National Forest which can be reserved here. That being said there are plenty of free yellow post sites in this area and all are clearly…

  • Central California,  Sequoia and Kings National Park,  Trip Report

    Trip Report and Guide – Sequoia and Kings National Park

    Trip Report and Guide – Sequoia and Kings National Park May 2018 30 second review: The weather did not cooperate with us so we had to leave early. But from the little we saw this is a definite alternative to the overcrowded Yosemite Valley. There are also the opportunities to do a bit of off-roading to get even further away from crowds with the same Sierra Nevada setting. Fees: Park entrance fee is $25; or you can get an Annual Pass for $80. Campgrounds within the park vary by location but are generally $18-$22 per night. Alternatively, you can camp off the many nearby National Forest Roads. Amenities: There are 5…

  • Joshua Tree,  Southern California,  Trip Report

    Mom Report – Joshua Tree National Park April 2018

      Mom Report – Joshua Tree National Park April 2018 We already have a write up that goes into the more technical details about visiting Joshua Tree National Park but I wanted to provide a “mom’s perspective” of the same trip for how to do Joshua Tree with your toddler. I have much different concerns than Michael does when we are planning a trip since I am trying to account for all of Ava’s needs, so this post is targeted at addressing all of the little extras that need to be considered when traveling with kids.   Joshua Tree Guide for Kids   The Drive It was only about a 2…

  • Tacoma panoramic view at Geology Tour Stop 14 overlooking Pleasant Valley and Malapai Hill
    Joshua Tree,  Southern California,  Trip Report

    Trip Report and Guide – Geology Tour Road and Berdoo Canyon

    Trip Report and Guide – Geology Tour Road and Berdoo Canyon April 2018   30 second review: Geology Tour Road is an easy offroad trail that guides you through a cross section of Joshua Tree’s many types of geological formations. It’s a nice trail if you want a change from the hiking around Joshua Tree. However, since there isn’t much for kids to do on the ride, I think the best way to experience this trail is to enter through Berdoo Canyon and use the trail as a fun way to enter the park.   Fees: If you start at Geology Tour Road you will have gone through Joshua Tree National…

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    Joshua Tree,  Southern California,  Trip Report

    Trip Report and Guide – Joshua Tree National Park April 2018

    Trip Report and Guide – Joshua Tree National Park April 2018 30 second review: Joshua Tree has plenty to do for families. While this isn’t necessarily overland camping there are plenty of off road trails in the area (including Geology Tour Road and Berdoo Canyon) that you can tack on to your trip. Some of the highlights were hiking trails Hidden Valley and Barker Dam, but one of the best activities was just exploring our campground at Jumbo Rocks.  Fees: Park entrance fee is $25; or you can get an Annual Pass for $80. Campgrounds within the park vary by location but are $15-$20 per night. Alternatively, you can camp on…

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    Mojave,  Southern California,  Trip Report

    Trip Report – Mojave Road May 2015

      Trip Review – Mojave Road May 2015   30 second review: Mojave Road is an epic must do trip. It’s a very long trail with plenty of desert scenery and it’s so remote we only ran across 1 small group of people over 3 days. There’s plenty to explore and we plan to go back and spend at least 4 days.   Fees: None, unless you stay at Afton Campground then it’s less than $10/night. Otherwise just pull off to the side of the road and set up camp. Amenities: None. You’re going to need your own water, fuel, and dig or bring your own toilet. Offroad Difficulty: 2/5 – Most…

  • ava-overlander-big-sur-prewitt-ridge-tree-swing
    Central California,  Trip Report

    Trip Report – Big Sur and Prewitt Ridge April 2015

    Trip Report – Big Sur and Prewitt Ridge April 2015   30 2 second review: Just incredible.   Fees: None. Amenities: None. You’re going to need your own water, fuel, and dig or bring your own toilet. Offroad Difficulty: 1/5 – You don’t need much to get out here – you’ll just be more comfortable with a high clearance vehicle. Kid Friendliness: We’re heading back this summer so keep an eye out for that post. I’m thinking there will be plenty of plants and trees to inspect as well as large meadowy areas where Ava can explore. GPS Data:  This trip was a few years ago but it was the first my wife and I…