The Mighty Junebugg – a June of all Trades


Arizona Road Trip Day 3: Grand Canyon to Slide Rock

Despite the sweltering heat the day before, we woke up to a cold and overcast Grand Canyon. It was time to pack up camp and head 2 hours south to Slide Rock State Park. On the way out we explored more of the canyon and tried to stay warm.

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Tusayan Museum offered a glimpse of how the Native Americans lived

Tusayan Museum offered a glimpse of how the Native Americans lived

This is where a kiva once stood

This is where a kiva once stood

The river was sooooo far down, it was hard to photograph but I got it!

The river was sooooo far down, it was hard to photograph but I got it!

bye bye Grand Canyon!

bye bye Grand Canyon!

We stopped in Flagstaff to get groceries for the next couple of days. For $13.77 each, we were able to get steak & wine for dinner plus breakfast, lunch and dinner for the next day! Driving into Oak Creek Canyon brought back memories of road trippin’ with my hippy parents as a kid. We got a site at Cave Springs Campground and set up for the night. The campground is one of the more beautiful I’ve visited.

E5 had some soft sand to set our tent on

E5 had some soft sand to set our tent on

the camp host was gracious enough to deliver our firewood on his golf cart

the camp host was gracious enough to deliver our firewood on his golf cart

a snack of chips & cherries while we waited for dinner to cook

a snack of chips & cherries while we waited for dinner to cook

sunsets do amazing things to the sky!

sunsets do amazing things to the sky!

no camping stove tonight, the fire gave us all the heat we needed

no camping stove tonight, the fire gave us all the heat we needed

I found Ladybug Wine!!! Organically harvested and it was yummy

I found Ladybug Wine!!! Organically harvested and it was yummy

camping dinner of champions... it was even better than it looks! YUMMMM

camping dinner of champions... it was even better than it looks! YUMMMM

After a while around the fire, we went to bed, excited to explore Slide Rock State Park the next day…



West Coast Road Trip: Day 3
August 21, 2009, 5:05 am
Filed under: camping, Cooking, Life, National Parks, Oregon, Photography, Travel, West Coast Road Trip

We woke up EARLY and packed up our two campsites. Today our plan was to drive from Crater Lake National Park in Oregon to Redwoods National Park in California.

over the river and thru the woods... (Rogue River)

over the river and thru the woods... (Rogue River)

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Oregon State Parks

after a couple hours we entered California!

after a couple hours we entered California!

And not long after that the Redwood National and State Parks

And not long after that the Redwood National and State Parks

California coast near Crescent City

California coast near Crescent City

Crescent City is susceptible to tsunamis. According to Humboldt State University,[3] the city experienced tsunami conditions 17 times between the years 1943 and 1994. Although most of these effects were barely perceptible, one tsunami in particular extensively damaged the city in 1964. We were lucky to not experience any tsunamis during our visit.

crazy cousins

crazy cousins

the O'Neill 3

the O'Neill 3

California state flower: Poppy

California state flower: Poppy

I got some sand from this beach

I got some sand from this beach

Paul Bunion and his ox Baby Blu

Paul Bunion and his ox Baby Blu

no Kristi the saying goes, "Grab the bull by its HORNS"

no Kristi the saying goes, "Grab the bull by its HORNS"

The Treeeeeeees of Mystery and a big crock of shit

The Treeeeeeees of Mystery and a big crock of shit

Junebugg & Bigfoot

Junebugg & Bigfoot

Check the vertical trees growing from the branches

Check the vertical trees growing from the branches

Somehow they called it the worlds largest tree

Somehow they called it the worlds largest tree

more "Trees of Mystery" crockery

more "Trees of Mystery" crockery

again, can I get some help on the name of this flower

again, can I get some help on the name of this flower

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People actually PAY to get married here

People actually PAY to get married here

The Brotherhood Tree

The Brotherhood Tree

Us cousins at the Brotherhood Tree

Us cousins at the Brotherhood Tree

a fascinating Redwood fact at the Trees Of Mystery

a fascinating Redwood fact at the Trees Of Mystery

this is what made my $14 worth it at the Treeeees of Mystery

this is what made my $14 worth it at the Treeeees of Mystery

halfway up

halfway up

THIS my friends, is the attraction at the top

THIS my friends, is the attraction at the top

a fascinating Redwood fact

a fascinating Redwood fact

this was so crazy to me

this was so crazy to me

some guy carved this with a redwood with a chainsaw

some guy carved this with a redwood with a chainsaw

Digger the redwood dog

Digger the redwood dog

Paul Bunyan's table setting

Paul Bunyan's table setting

oh my God its Eddie Munster!

oh my God its Eddie Munster!

Redwood National Park is pretty low budget

Redwood National Park is pretty low budget

I love this path

I love this path

Whoever owns this bike is probably pretty interesting

Whoever owns this bike is probably pretty interesting

Lady Bird Johnson Grove offers a beautiful nature walk

Lady Bird Johnson Grove offers a beautiful nature walk

in the parking lot we noticed someone with a creative sense of humor had been there

in the parking lot we noticed someone with a creative sense of humor had been there

We saw his work all along the trail

We saw his work all along the trail

he had mice everywhere!

he had mice everywhere!

since it was chalk, I considered it eco-grafitti

since it was chalk, I considered it eco-grafitti

a wild boysenberry

a wild boysenberry

looking UP inside a burned out hollow (and still living) tree

looking UP inside a burned out hollow (and still living) tree

I loved how this moss was hanging from all the trees

I loved how this moss was hanging from all the trees

people are pretty small

people are pretty small

these massive trees stayed standing and living despite massive fire damage

these massive trees stayed standing and living despite massive fire damage

a little tunnel

a little tunnel

Redwood trees are the tallest in the world

Redwood trees are the tallest in the world

Kristi the acrobatic

Kristi the acrobatic

Big trees lay where they fell (unless they are blocking a trail)

Big trees lay where they fell (unless they are blocking a trail)

the mouser strikes again

the mouser strikes again

this guy was my hero for the day

this guy was my hero for the day

Our campsite #65 at the beautiful Atwell Mill campground

Our campsite #65 at the beautiful Atwell Mill campground

We had some curry chicken for dinner

We had some curry chicken for dinner

and settled in for a wonderful campfire after a looooooong day

and settled in for a wonderful campfire after a looooooong day

my favorite Adidas hiking shoes

my favorite Adidas hiking shoes

Ok so maybe the entire campground hated us… but we had a great campfire that night!



West Coast Road Trip: Day 4
August 21, 2009, 5:05 am
Filed under: Life, Photography, Travel, West Coast Road Trip

We woke up early and got the hell out of the campground before any of our neighbors woke up. Today was going to be a long day. We planned to drive from Redwood National Park on the coastal border of California and Oregon alll the way down to Hollister via Highway 1, the Pacific Coast Highway. The good thing, no rush hour traffic and breathtaking views. The bad thing, 2 lane highway on the edge of a cliff with sparse civilization like gas stations, restaurants or cell phone reception.

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yikes... Tsunami zone!

yikes... Tsunami zone!

Logging is a major industry in Oregon and Northern California

Logging is a major industry in Oregon and Northern California

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Irish Beach! We should have stayed here

Irish Beach! We should have stayed here

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We started to get hungry but there weren't many towns along the way

We started to get hungry but there weren't many towns along the way

We were excited for this place but it was hot inside and smelled like fish

We were excited for this place but it was hot inside and smelled like fish

so we ate at this place instead... thanks Barb!

so we ate at this place instead... thanks Barb!

a partially sunken boat

a partially sunken boat

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we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge but it was too foggy for a pic =(

we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge but it was too foggy for a pic =(

we drove thru San Francisco for a bit

we drove thru San Francisco for a bit

We were SO tired of driving and so close to Hollister

We were SO tired of driving and so close to Hollister

sunset was beautiful, this picture didn't do it justice

sunset was beautiful, this picture didn't do it justice

We finally got to Hollister and the home of our cousin Parris and his wife Mariah. We were so excited for a clean shower and real beds. When we got there, an even better surprise awaited us… champagne and giftbags! As if that wasn’t enough, Parris made us some nutella banana goodies. We felt like we died and went to heaven that night.



The Cali Fires Even Affected Long Beach!
April 1, 2009, 5:53 am
Filed under: Life, Long Beach, Photography, The Cali Fires in Long Beach

The sun was blocked out at times and its been raining ashes all weekend. So many families lost their homes, so sad! Here are some pics I took from atop Signal Hill and at Alamitos Beach on Saturday…
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