[Kings Canyon National Park, Aug 28, 2020] On our third full day on this trip, we decided to stay closer to home in Kings Canyon and do some of the things we didn’t have time for on our first day here. We headed out early again, enjoying the solitude on the road and at our first stop, Panoramic Point. There was only one car in the parking lot when we got there…. Read More

[Sequoia National Park, Aug 26, 2020] On day 2 of this trip, we decided to devote our time to Sequoia National Park. It was established the same year as Kings Canyon (1890) to protect over 400,000 acres of forests. The park contains the highest peak in the contiguous US, Mt. Whitney at 14,421 ft (4,441 m) above sea level. Sequoia and Kings Canyon are adjacent and the National Park Service treats them… Read More

[Kings Canyon National Park, Aug 25, 2020] Kings Canyon was established in 1890 under the name General Grant National Park. In 1940, the park was expanded and renamed to Kings Canyon. It’s named after the glacier-carved valley more than a mile deep, making it one of the deepest canyons in North America. With air quality and heat still on the oppressive side, we decided to spend our first full day visiting the… Read More

[Dunlap, CA, Aug 24, 2020] Back in January, we went to Carlsbad Caverns, Guadalupe Mountains and White Sands national parks. Little did we know that was going to be our last trip for a long while. COVID decimated all 6 trips I had planned from March through July. Our trip to Australia in November is also looking highly unlikely. We’d been taking day trips around southern California since March, but by August… Read More

Ahhh, Istanbul! This magical city, which straddles Europe and Asia, has gone through many transformative changes in its history. Founded under the name of Byzantion around 660 BC, the city grew in size and influence. Roman Emperor Constantine, who had just converted to Christianity, made it the new capital of the Roman Empire in 330 AD and began its transformation as a major Christian center. A thousand years later, in the 15th… Read More