The Mighty Junebugg – a June of all Trades


Zion National Park: Day 4
September 18, 2009, 11:01 pm
Filed under: camping, Life, National Parks, Photography, Road Trip, Travel, Zion National Park

We woke up and packed up camp. It was time to head home but we planned to take Zion National Park Scenic Byway.

good ol' #85 was our home at South Campground

good ol' #85 was our home at South Campground

We took the scenic drive and had to go thru this tunnel

We took the scenic drive and had to go thru this tunnel

a view from inside the tunnel looking out

a view from inside the tunnel looking out

beautiful Zion rock formations and colors

beautiful Zion rock formations and colors

Checkerboard Mesa in Zion National Park

Checkerboard Mesa in Zion National Park

the canyon rose high above us...

the canyon rose high above us...

red rock

red rock

my car hit a milestone on the way home

my car hit a milestone on the way home



Arizona Road Trip Day 1: Hoover Dam
September 2, 2009, 1:38 am
Filed under: Arizona, Arizona Road Trip, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Life, National Parks, Road Trip, Travel

Just outside of Las Vegas lies a fascinating American monument. For the childrenless 20 or 30 somethings reading this, it might bring back torturous flashbacks of ancient school day field trips to boring relics built by really old people. I assure you this trip was both fascinating and entertaining. We were headed to Grand Canyon but decided to stop at the Hoover Dam just to say we had been there. This was to be a 4 night, 5 day adventure ending at Slide Rock near Sedona, AZ. We woke up before the sun on Monday morning and were on the road by 5 am. By doing so we were able to avoid all the rush hour traffic. After driving for 3 hours, hunger set in and we decided to stop in Baker at Bob’s Big Boy for some breakfast.

Abi & June with good ol' Bob in Baker

Abi & June with good ol' Bob in Baker

91 degrees F at 8am according to the world's largest thermometer

91 degrees F at 8am according to the world's largest thermometer

Another hour & 45 minute drive and we were at Hoover Dam! I haven’t been there since I was a kid and a lot had been done since I was there last. An amazing desert colored visitor center and entrance had been built.

the new entrance & visitor center for the dam

the new entrance & visitor center for the dam

No alcohol or guns.... Best Sign Ever

No alcohol or guns.... Best Sign Ever

this place had higher security than an airport to enter

this place had higher security than an airport to enter

Drawings of what lies beneath at the dam

Drawings of what lies beneath at the dam

the turbine room creates electricity! (sorry for the blurry pic)

the turbine room creates electricity! (sorry for the blurry pic)

they use cool trikes like this to get around inside the massive dam

they use cool trikes like this to get around inside the massive dam

Face of the dam, I really wanna see someone skateboard this!

Face of the dam, I really wanna see someone skateboard this!

Visitors used to enter thru the two towers you see, now its more high tech

Visitors used to enter thru the two towers you see, now its more high tech

looking at the water that comes out of the damn dam

looking at the water that comes out of the damn dam

the ingenuity used in building these structures amazes me

the ingenuity used in building these structures amazes me

Las Vegas is only 35 miles north of Hoover Dam

Las Vegas is only 35 miles north of Hoover Dam

looking strait down the bowl of the dam (this makes your tummy tickle)

looking strait down the bowl of the dam (this makes your tummy tickle)

the Hoover Dam Bypass is scheduled to be complete in late 2010

the Hoover Dam Bypass is scheduled to be complete in late 2010

This bridge is an amazing feat and has even been on cable tv’s Extreme Engineering. When complete in 2010, it will be the World’s biggest arch bridge and help to alieveiate traffic on the 2 lane hwy that crosses the dam itself. Its cool to have been able to witness such an amazing structure in its building stage. Check out the tv episode about it of you have a chance, its pretty interesting.

Water levels have dropped drastically in recent years, notice the white line on the edge

Water levels have dropped drastically in recent years, notice the white line on the edge

Driving across the dam takes one from Nevada to Arizona

Driving across the dam takes one from Nevada to Arizona

Many men died while building this dam, I wonder if its haunted

Many men died while building this dam, I wonder if its haunted

they had some cool Art Deco metal work, I loved this Aquarians ass!

they had some cool Art Deco metal work, I loved this Aquarians ass!

rubbing the feet of this giant winged person is supposedly good luck

rubbing the feet of this giant winged person is supposedly good luck

I always gotta give a shot out to California... & LONG BEACH while I'm at it!

I always gotta give a shot out to California... & LONG BEACH while I'm at it!

after the damn we stopped at a seedy chinese buffet in a scary small redneck town

after the damn we stopped at a seedy chinese buffet in a scary small redneck town

the cocktails were damn good and a great way to celebrate our trip to the dam!

the cocktails were damn good and a great way to celebrate our trip to the dam!

So we were feeling pretty sleepy at this point but our next stop was the Grand Canyon and the anticipation was high! Another 3 hour drive and we were finally at the Grand Canyon. When you get there, the canyon isn’t visible; it just looks like desert for as far as the eye can see. We paid our National park entrance fee of $25; which is good for one car for 7 days. Once inside the park we went to check out campgrounds. Since it was the middle of the week, we didn’t make reservations… luckily we found a spot at Mather Campground. The campground had warm pay showers and we were content. There wasn’t much daylight left so we hurried to set up camp.

Home Sweet home for the next 2 days

Home Sweet home for the next 2 days

This is our kitchen setup (where the magic happens)

This is our kitchen setup (where the magic happens)

We didn't make it to the rim in time for sunset, this is from the campsite

We didn't make it to the rim in time for sunset, this is from the campsite

It was a full moon at the rim and the canyon was MAGNIFICENT! We joined the ranger along with 400 other tourists for a full moon nature walk. There were so many people it was hard to hear but still spectacular

It was a full moon at the rim and the canyon was MAGNIFICENT! We joined the ranger along with 400 other tourists for a full moon nature walk. There were so many people it was hard to hear but still spectacular

The visitor center had some children's wisdom: "Don't step on plants"

The visitor center had some children's wisdom: "Don't step on plants"

"Don't take sticks or branches or bark for a fire"

"Don't take sticks or branches or bark for a fire"

"Don't cut the flowers with a knife."

"Don't cut the flowers with a knife."

By this time were  we so tired we could barely keep our eyes open. We went back to camp, scrounged up some dinner and went to bed. In the morning we were going to see the canyon by the light of day, and we could hardly wait!



Arizona Road Trip Day 2: Grand Canyon
September 2, 2009, 1:38 am
Filed under: Arizona, Arizona Road Trip, camping, Cooking, Grand Canyon, Life, Photography, Road Trip, Travel

We woke up early; excited to explore the canyon. Since the National Park is protected, personal cars aren’t really welcomed at view points around the canyons rim. The parking lots just aren’t big enough to accommodate everyone Millions of people visit the Grand Canyon every year to see one of the Wonders of the World. The environmental impact of all the people and their cars would be too great so the park service came up with a wonderful solution. Visitors park their cars and take air conditioned trams to all points of interest. No one has to worry about parking or traffic or any of those mundane issues. Here are some of the sights we saw…

Abi, Ethan & June... enjoying the air conditioned tram ride to the rim

Abi, Ethan & June... enjoying the air conditioned tram ride to the rim

the first glimpse takes your breath away, "Grand" Canyon is not an accurate discription

the first glimpse takes your breath away, "Grand" Canyon is not an accurate description of how immense it really is.

a distant view of the Bright Angel Trail which goes down to the canyon floor

a distant view of the Bright Angel Trail which goes down to the canyon floor

a closer look: this is a strenuous trail that requires the whole day and LOTS of water. Its 20 degrees hotter at the bottom of the canyon

a closer look: this is a strenuous trail that requires the whole day and LOTS of water. Its 20 degrees hotter at the bottom of the canyon!

Love is in the air

Love is in the air

Millions of years of erosion by the Colorado River formed the MILE DEEP canyon!

Millions of years of erosion by the Colorado River formed the MILE DEEP canyon!

its huge and vast and no camera in the world can capture its greatness

its huge and vast and no camera in the world can capture its greatness

its SU-PER ABIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!

its SU-PER ABIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!

After a sweltering hike along the Rim Trail, we went back to camp to wash up and have a snack before going back to the rim to watch sunset. When we got to camp, we discovered why you are supposed to secure all your food items. A bird had ravaged our pantry, he ate everything from chips & incense to tea & cereal. Items and trash were strewn across the campsite. The bird was proud of his work and sat squawking in a tree high above us… laughing at our lack of caution.

We didn't even open the box yet and he ate it all!

We didn't even open the box yet and he ate it all!

He must be a professional, he even left a calling card!!!

He must be a professional, he even left a calling card!!!

A snack of honey mustard chips, seaweed and apples hit the spot!

A snack of honey mustard chips, seaweed and apples hit the spot!

Next we showered up and headed back to the rim to watch sunset. Sunset is amazing from any point in the canyon, there is no bad spot to watch the spectacle. The sky changes colors every minute and the sun paints the canyon walls in a million colors. I’m not even gonna caption these next pics, just marvel at how the sights changed from minute to minute. These pictures were taken in order over the span of about 30 minutes…

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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…



Arizona Road Trip Day 4: Slide Rock State Park
September 2, 2009, 1:36 am
Filed under: Arizona, Arizona Road Trip, camping, Cooking, Life, Road Trip, Slide Rock, Travel

Slide Rock is about a half hour from Sedona and a definite MUST SEE before you die. This place looks like a masterfully planned water park, but Mother Nature created it all. The river cuts through limestone forming a smooth and perfectly shaped water slide. During the summer this place is jam packed with water lovers but since it was still cold at the first of spring, we had the place to ourselves. Hiking the park is equally if not more satisfying than swimming it…

Our day started with a breakfast burrito and cherries

Our day started with a breakfast burrito and cherries

slide rock from the other side of the bridge

slide rock from the bridge

looking in the other direction

looking in the other direction

see how it forms natural slide chutes?

see how it forms natural slide chutes?

so fun on a hot summer day!

so fun on a hot summer day!

this is Dick's Boulder. I don't know why they named it that or who Dick is

this is Dick's Boulder. I don't know why they named it that or who Dick is

Trees fight an amazing battle to survive

Trees fight an amazing battle to survive

the water was crystal clear

the water was crystal clear

Dick's Boulder from the other side

Dick's Boulder from the other side

the canyon walls streched high above us

the canyon walls streched high above us

for some reason this looked like crusty red brownie batter to me

for some reason this looked like crusty red brownie batter to me

the colors were amazing

the colors were amazing

we hiked along this edge

we hiked along this edge

with my water shoes I even hiked IN the shallow parts of the water a bit

with my water shoes I even hiked IN the shallow parts of the water a bit

imagine yourself in a bathing suit and about 30 more degrees...

imagine yourself in a bathing suit and about 30 more degrees...

on the way back to the car we saw this

on the way back to the car we saw this

even though it was cold as shit, we shared a Fosters... and it was delicious!

even though it was cold as shit, we shared a Fosters... and it was delicious!

We hovered around the fire which burned strong despite the rain

We hovered around the fire which burned strong despite the rain

the rain even turned to snow for about 15 minutes!!!

the rain even turned to snow for about 15 minutes!!!

We didn’t really pack for snow or cold weather so Abigail and I chickened out and slept in the car that night. We drove to Sedona, got some gas and came back to camp. Then we slept with the engine running and the heater on blast. Ethan hated us for deserting him, be he had the proper gear plus… he’s Ethan, he was fine!



Arizona Road Trip Day 5: Homeward Bound
September 2, 2009, 1:35 am
Filed under: Arizona, Arizona Road Trip, camping, Life, Road Trip, Slide Rock, Travel

We packed up camp in the rain and headed for home. Cave Springs campground was so beautiful and we were sad to leave it.

this is the road in the campground... I wanna go back just looking at it!

this is the road in the campground... I wanna go back just looking at it!

Our first stop was in Sedona for breakfast and a few trinkets. Sedona reminds me a lot of Palm Springs. Next we stopped in an old mining town called Jerome. The town was a ghost town for many years before some eclectic hippies turned it into an artists town. They had some cool stores here with unique one of a kind items as well as a winery!

on the way up the hill to Jerome, AZ

on the way up the hill to Jerome, AZ

I had to Wikipedia this place because it has a pretty fascinating history. Check out this excerpt:

Jerome was incorporated as a town on 8 March 1889. The town housed the workers in the nearby United Verde Mine, which was to produce over 1 billion dollars in copper, gold and silver over the next 70 years. Jerome became a notorious “wild west” town, a hotbed of prostitutiongambling, and vice. On 5 February 1903, the New York Sun proclaimed Jerome to be “the wickedest town in the West”. In 1915 the population of Jerome was estimated at 2,500.

Jerome had three major fires between 1897 and 1899, burning out much of the town. The 1899 fire prompted Jerome to reincorporate as a city, and to adopt a building code specifying brick or masonry construction, as well as improving the fire companies. Despite these changes, the large and luxurious Montana Hotel, built of brick, burned in 1915. In 1918 fires spread out of control over 22 miles of underground mines, burning the inflammable massive pyrite. One of the mine fires continued to burn for twenty years. This prompted the phasing out of underground mining in favor of open pit mining at the United Verde. Blasting in the mines frequently shook the town, sometimes damaging or moving buildings; after one blast in the 1930s the city jail slid one block down hill intact. Lawsuits were frequent, but the mining companies usually won. By 1929 Jerome’s population was over 15,000. Arizona had become the nation’s leading copper-producer.

The United Verde and Jerome prospered in the war years, but the end was now in sight. Phelps Dodge closed the Clarkdale smelter in 1950. In 1953 the last of Jerome’s mines closed, and much of the population left town. Jerome’s population reached a low point of about 50 people in the late 1950s.

Today Jerome is a tourist destination, with many abandoned and refurbished buildings from its boom town days. Jerome has a large mining museum, presenting the town history, labor-management disputes, geological structure models, mineral samples, and equipment used in both underground and open-pit mining. The National Historic Landmark designation has assured architectural preservation in this town, a mile high on the side of Mingus Mountain. There are numerous bed and breakfasts in Jerome and two hotels. Restaurants range from hamburgers to fine dining. The community spirit in this town of 400 has created a vibrant group of events from its legendary Halloweeen Dance to the Jerome Home Tour in May. Jerome is known as an art destination, with more than 30 galleries and working studios. First Saturday Art Walk began in 2006, and has become a popular monthly event. In 2007, Jerome became a sponsor of The Sedona Plein Air Festival, and hosted some of the best-known plein air painters in the country. The Old Jerome High School is home to many artists and their open studios. Artists and craftspeople display their work in an open-air art park in nice weather.

a Jerome landmark

a Jerome landmark

Crazies usually live in small towns like this... crazy but fascinating!

Crazies usually live in small towns like this... crazy but fascinating!

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We stopped at the Jerome Winery for some tasting & took home some great bottles! (click the picture to visit their site)

We stopped at the Jerome Winery for some tasting & took home some great bottles! (click the picture to visit their site)

Once we saw the windmills near Palm Springs we knew our trip as almost over

Once we saw the windmills near Palm Springs we knew our trip as almost over

the end.



West Coast Road Trip: Day 1
August 21, 2009, 5:06 am
Filed under: Art, camping, DJing, Events, J Ross Parrelli, Life, Music, Oregon, Travel, West Coast Road Trip

Just 10 days after a magnificent trip to Sequoia National Park I was at it again, only this time on a grander scale. I was scheduled to DJ at the Northwest World Reggae Festival with my girl J Ross Parrelli. At first I had planned to fly up and back down but thru the wonders of Facebook, I learned that my cousins Kristi & Kelly would be together in Washington at the same time. We coordinated our schedules and it worked out that we would be able to take the road trip of a life time together! I hadn’t spent time with Kristi & Kelly together since I was in 7th grade and I was really excited. The plan: Kelly flies from NY to Seattle to meet Kristi, they drive down to the festival in Oregon to see my show and pick me up. Then the three O’Neills drive from Oregon to Long Beach. The pictures below are what ensued. First off, I was in Oregon for this festival:

Northwest World Reggae Festival

Northwest World Reggae Festival

I flew into Portland Thursday night and my friend Giana picked me up. We went back to her house to pick up her kids before driving down to Marcola where the festival takes place. While waiting for her to pack, Giana told me to look at the paintings her son did. At the beginning of summer, her boys went to a children’s hip hop summer camp and her 11 year old son Baqi painted these!

painted by an 11 year old boy!

painted by an 11 year old boy!

Baqi (the artist) with his painting "The Light Within"

Baqi (the artist) with his painting "The Light Within"

It blew me away! This kid is like a flyer version Basquiat and he’s only 11! I can only imagine how his art will look when he grows up… watch out for Baqi!

The drive from Portland to Marcloa was almost 3 hours and we didn’t arrive at the festival until around 1am. I was tired as hell and it was raining. I snuck into a crowded tent with J Ross, Yanski, Will and Axé. There was a small space between a person and a puddlle so I claimed it as my own and KNOCKED OUT for the night. In the morning I woke up and we went to the local store to get some supplies and phone reception.

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Axé was wearing some fly kicks

The little town was so cute! This was their Community News bulliten

The little town was so cute! This was their Community News bulletin

I LOVE the logo for the Oregon State lotto... fingers crossed!

I LOVE the logo for the Oregon State lotto... fingers crossed!

Axé and Selah met in the little market...

Axé and Selah met in the little market...

I enjoyed an amazing snickerdoodle with my Rockstar for breakfast

I enjoyed an amazing snickerdoodle with my Rockstar for breakfast

The paper had the perfect Orgonian on the cover

The paper had the perfect Orgonian on the cover

Back at the festival I explored our surroundings. It takes place on some property an old man owns, he gets a shitload of money every year and we get a festival. People camp on the outskirts of the prarie right next to the trees. The festival and all its booths take place in the middle. For some reason I didnt take enough pictures to give you all an accurate look at how it was but here it goes:

This field would soon be filled with people watching the show

This field would soon be filled with people watching the show (stage is in the middle)

I cooked up some pasta for our peeps...

I cooked up some pasta for our peeps...

a painting by Derek Leitch, MZK, at the eVocal booth

a painting by Derek Leitch, MZK, at the eVocal booth

These teepees were the green rooms backstage

These teepees were the green rooms backstage

I loved this flower, anybody know the name of it?

I loved this flower, its called a Queen Anne's Lace (thanks Ruff Kuts!)

The festival even had pirates in addition to the mass of hippies

The festival even had pirates in addition to the mass of hippies

Honey Bucket for the ladies only... really!

Honey Bucket for the ladies only... really!

quite possibly the coolest hoodie I've even seen

quite possibly the coolest hoodie I've even seen

Herbal Shakes & Hot Elixers

Herbal Shakes & Hot Elixirs

Tierra Madre

Tierra Madre - Fine Latin Foods

Divine Cupcakes

Divine Cupcakes

Bio Diesel conversion kits were even available at the festival!

Bio Diesel conversion kits were even available at the festival!

some yummy organic fruit

some yummy organic fruit

Conscious Cultivation Honey

Conscious Cultivation Honey

Ethiopian cross in front of Kristafari's tent. I'm bummed I didnt get a pic of him!

Ethiopian cross in front of Kristafari's tent. I'm bummed I didnt get a pic of him!

Turntable art at Kristafari's camp (he had the best camp of the festival)

Turntable art at Kristafari's camp (he had the best camp of the festival)

We were camped right behind the eVocal booth

We were camped right behind the eVocal booth

My cousins Kristi & Kelly arrived!

My cousins Kristi & Kelly arrived!

at the same time my friend dj Counterstryke's sister Laurel arrived

at the same time my friend dj Counterstryke's sister Laurel arrived

Zulu Nation representing at the festival

Zulu Nation representing at the festival

Finally it was time for the show. J Ross Parrelli and I were on right after Queen Omega, she had a live band and  rocked an amazing show. Parrelli and I were caught off guard when we discovered that the turntables were on the side of the stage instead of ON the stage but we still had a great show!

Blowin bubbles and bangin' beats!

Blowin bubbles and bangin' beats!

J Ross blowing everyone away

J Ross blowing everyone away

Laurel and her friends enjoyed the show

Laurel and her friends enjoyed the show

the Mighty Junebugg

the Mighty Junebugg

Yanski rocked it with a bullhorn

Yanski rocked it with a bullhorn

So we played until about 1:30 and then went to check out Kristafari’s set in the Dome. I was about to fall over form exhaustion so I went to bed, the next day would be a big one!



West Coast Road Trip: Day 2
August 21, 2009, 5:06 am
Filed under: camping, Life, National Parks, Oregon, Travel, West Coast Road Trip

We woke up and started packing. Our next destination on the trip was Crater Lake National Park and it was gonna take about 4 hours to drive there. I was sad the leave the festival but excited for the journey ahead. I snapped a couple more festival pics and we were on our way!

place your butts here

place your butts here

carved lion on stage

carved lion on stage

NW World Reggae Festival

NW World Reggae Festival

the Kingsford Charcoal factory was right down the road for the festival

the Kingsford Charcoal factory was right down the road for the festival

our guides for the trip worked WAY better than the GPS

our guides for the trip worked WAY better than the GPS

the Quality Fence Company has some suspicious looking logos!

the Quality Fence Company has some suspicious looking logos!

We stopped at Colliding Rivers viewpoint

We stopped at Colliding Rivers viewpoint

Kristi, Kelly and I dipped our dogs in the water

Kristi, Kelly and I dipped our dogs in the water

Bug Farm Rd!

Bug Farm Rd!

this helicopter scooped up water from the river RIGHT NEXT to our car

this helicopter scooped up water from the river RIGHT NEXT to our car

we took the Rogue Umpqua Oregon Scenic Byway to Crater Lake

we took the Rogue Umpqua Oregon Scenic Byway to Crater Lake

We followed the Umpqua River most of the way

We followed the Umpqua River most of the way

the Umpqua River

the Umpqua River

um... yeah, I'll pass on the Dread and Terror section if the trail!

um... yeah, I'll pass on the Dread and Terror section if the trail!

These dense, tall, skinny trees told me we were close to an ancient volcano

These dense, tall, skinny trees told me we were close to an ancient volcano

ok, really it was the map but I did notice a change in folliage

ok, really it was the map but I did notice a change in folliage

A pumice desert... I should have ran barefoot thru it to soften up my feet

A pumice desert... I should have ran barefoot thru it to soften up my feet

2009 O'Neill Vacay!

2009 O'Neill Vacay!

at last... Crater Lake!!!

at last... Crater Lake!!!

Wizard Island in Crater Lake

Wizard Island in Crater Lake

the O'Neill girls

the O'Neill girls

Junebugg the Explorer!

Junebugg the Explorer!

a mesa on the edge of the lake

a mesa on the edge of the lake

Crater Lake is in a cauldera

Crater Lake is in a caldera

This is where it gets a little crazy. We got to the campground around 5pm and we were dying to take showers. We waited in line to get a campsite and the guy in front of us got THE LAST ONE!!! Well us O’Neill girls weren’t gonna take that for an answer. We drove around the campground looking for people that might wanna take us in. To our suprise, no one looked compatible. We noticed a lot of empty reserved spaces though and couldn’t imagine that so many people would come so late. We found a large site to squat on and no sooner did we set up our tent, than the real tenants of the site pulled up. We bated our eyelashes, pleaded our case and they ended up being cool with it. We had our tent set up in their site and our fire and stove set up in the next site over which was reserved for the fire fighters who had been fighting the fire I talked about earlier. We were so proud of our resourcefulness! Finally we got our well earned showers, cooked dinner and settled in around the campfire.

Cheers!

Cheers!

the Crater lake wine was delicious

the Crater lake wine was delicious

Smores were the perfect way to top off the evening and then it was time for bed

Smores were the perfect way to top off the evening and then it was time for bed

That night we froze our asses off. Kristi wanted to use the tarp and I thougt we didnt need to bother… boy was I wrong. Even though there was no rain, the moisture in the air soaked into our sleeping bags and we shivered all night long.



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.