Phoenix in our rear-view mirror.


Gardens in bloom at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

After our stay at Usery Mountain Regional Park, we headed to the west side of Phoenix to another Maricopa County Park, White Tank Mountain. Before leaving Usery Mountain, we made a day trip up into the Superstition Mountains to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum.  It was as lovely as our friends had mentioned.

There are a series of individual gardens here, including desert, legumes, cactus, butterfly and hummingbirds, a rose garden, succulents, and so many more.  Tucked into the valley below a formation called Magma Ridge, the arboretum is a peaceful and inspiriting place.

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Big Sur, California.


The Pacific coast offers some of the most inspiring places to write these blogs.

We reserved a spot in Half Moon Bay State Park for one night on our way south from Sacramento to Big Sur. Half Moon Bay is one of the California state parks that people rave about, for good reason. The campground is perched on a cliff right above the spectacular beach. A great paved bike path runs for about 2.5 miles right behind the campground and along the cliff providing amazing views along with the exercise.


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