California’s Temecula Valley ‘Au Naturale’ Temptations

Less than a couple of hours from downtown Los Angeles and one hour from Orange County, wine and vineyards feature heavily in a part of Southern California known as Temecula Valley. Temecula is a pretty, tourist town with some good restaurants such as Soro’s, they even had New Zealand Lamb chops on the menu and […]

Easy Rider – From Route 66 to 77 Sunset Strip

It not often you can follow in the wheels of a cult movie but we somehow managed to drive a section of old Route 66 where some of the counter-culture film Easy Rider was shot with Peter Honda and Dennis Hopper in 1969. On the morning we departed Pirate Cove RV Resort on the Colorado […]

Tarantulas, Gila Monsters, Mountain Lions and Western Diamond Back Rattlesnakes!

One of the highlights of visiting the Sonora Desert in Arizona is the chance to experience a world-renowned zoo, botanical garden and a natural history museum all rolled into one. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is home to more than 300 animal species and 1200 different kinds of plants, in addition to a world class mineral […]

Ride ‘Em Cowboy! Horse Riding, Saguaro Cactus and Rattlesnakes

I once swore I’d never ever get on the back of a four legged critter again after a sunrise horse ride in Monument Valley in 2001 left me nursing bruised knees and a pinched nerve in my back. However as part of our stay at Tanque Verde Ranch east of Tucson I broke my own […]

Pasadena’s Huntington Museum and Local Food Tours

Famous for the Beach Boys song Little Old Lady from Pasadena and The Pasadena Rose Parade, this LA location is well worth a full day visit. Your first stop should be the Huntington Library & Museum. It’s located on 160 manicured acres and includes one of the finest private libraries in America (at last count […]

Tombstone – “The Town Too Tough to Die”

We arrived in Apache and Geronimo territory today and settled into the town made famous by Wyatt Earp, his brothers and Doc Holliday. The fact that much of the town is not original does little to discourage tourists from visiting the Birdcage Theatre, Boothill and the Crystal Palace Saloon, and to watch one of the […]

Petroglyphs and a Primitive Campsite – An Arizona Hidden Attraction

Mark, my other writing buddy from Arizona and I had decided to leave the comfort of the luxury RV Resort in Bodega Springs and head out for Arizona via Yuma – home of the Yuma Territorial Prison and the Yuma County Jail. Looking at one of the free, state issue maps we spotted a primitive […]

On The RV Road Again in Southern California

Having just set off on our two week Recreational Vehicle (RV) trip in the American Southwest we thought we’d offer a few helpful “on the road” hints. Most RV companies like El Monte, who we’ve used for the past seven years, will pick up and drop from your hotel. After filling out the appropriate forms, […]