August 13, 2018

Emma Woods State Beach


The Channel Islands are out there but super hard to see because of..smokey air I guess

Our California hot air balloon pilot friends and crew were gathering for camping at the beach for a few days and invited us to join them. We wanted to camp but our tent was too big (we thought) for the area and since we were not sure about this particular place in general, we decided to just go for the day and get an Airbnb to stay the night in L.A. 

July 15, 2018

The Needles Lookout


Time to get out of Ridgecrest - super hot and humid and we were on the search for cooler weather. Going to Sequoia National Forest has been on my list since we moved here a year and a half ago and we finally had a Saturday that worked out to go.

July 14, 2018

Cedar Breaks National Monument


It's been quite a few years since Tony and I went to Cedar Breaks in Utah. Our friends Heidi and Andrew recently moved to Duck Creek which isn't too far from Cedar Breaks so while we were in Panguitch for a hot air balloon festival, we met up with our friends and caravan-ed to this National Park.

July 9, 2018

Panguitch Balloon Festival - Saturday



It's quite a long drive to Panguitch, Utah now but this is one of our favorite festivals to go to so we left about 6pm when Tony got off work and I think we got in between 1-2am. Can't quite remember. It was very cold in the night, I always think I bring enough warm clothing only to realize, I don't. 5:45am alarm on the phone came quite fast and we were up and out of the campsite and headed to the field where the balloons would be launching to listen to the pilot briefing and find Judy.

June 24, 2018

Osceola Cheese Samples


We saw so many billboards for this place on our way from Branson to Kansas City that I knew without a doubt that Tony was going to want to stop. 
And stop we did!