Picture of the Day: Snowy Sandias

Sandia Peak rises 5,000 feet above Albuquerque, New Mexico and well into spring can have snow atop the peak. The views are incredible and despite being a popular weekend spot you can often find the peak void of people on weekday mornings.

Thanks! – Josh

Picture of the Day: Truck in the Woods

These pictures were taken at a small picnic area off the road in Northern California at the south end of Redwood National and State Parks. Though my first redwood trees were the dying ones in Malibu Creek State Park about 600 miles south of here, these were my first big boy Redwoods! Returning home to Georgia after this felt like I lived in a land of twigs that people called trees. The Redwood forests are something that has to be experienced in person and everyone with a chance to visit should take that chance!

Thanks! – Josh

Camping: Lake McClellan Campground

The Lake McClellan Campground is located in the McClellan Creek National Grassland in the Texas panhandle. It is about 62 miles east of Amarillo on I-40 and 54 miles west of the Oklahoma-Texas border.

Camping costs $10 for a site ($15 for RV hook ups) and has very dirty restrooms with running water and showers. Most people use the National Grassland for OHV riding and fishing in the Lake McClellan reservoir. The campground is located about 20 minutes of off I-40 which makes it very convenient for a quick but cheap place to stay while road tripping. My favorite thing about this campground when I visited wasn’t really the campground itself but the surroundings. More specifically the hundreds of wind turbines that fill the plains for miles around. At night time the wind turbines synchronously flash a red light at the top a couple times a minute. This makes for a somewhat eerie appearance when the pitch black night is suddenly filled with hundreds of red dots for just a second.

Anyways this campground is the perfect place to stay on a road trip without straying from the interstate too much or spending too much money at a hotel or KOA campground in town. I don’t think it is worth a visit solely for the McClellan Creek area (unless you are really into OHVs) but it makes for a great and quick stop along the way to your adventures!

Thanks! – Josh

Go West Young Man…..

I wanted to advise our friendly readers that we may be posting a little less over the next 10-12 days.   We are heading west today from Atlanta to Yellowstone National Park in search of adventure (and more blogging material!).

I really enjoy the big road trip.   I feel like the “Great American Road Trip” is driving to see the National Parks out west.   Every American should do this at least once in their life.  I feel you gain more appreciation for how vast and beautiful our country really is.

I thought it would be interesting to share some of the itineraries from previous and this trip.   Maybe this can inspire you to plan your own road trip!

The Original Big Road Trip:    Atlanta – Cincinnati – Buffalo – Niagara Falls – Rochester NY – Ben & Jerry’s in Vermont – Princeton NJ – Washington DC – Atlanta.   This trip gave me the confidence that I could drive these distances.

Big Road Trip #2:   Atlanta – Santa Rosa NM – Albuquerque – Petrified Forest NP – Flagstaff – Grand Canyon NP – Phoenix – Las Cruces NM – San Antonio – New Orleans – Atlanta.  This trip was done almost on a whim, planned two days before we left.

Big Road Trip #3:   Atlanta – Grand Junction CO – Moab UT – Arches NP – Canyonlands NP – Capitol Reef NP – Zion NP – Bryce Canyon NP – Grand Canyon NP – Winslow AZ – Albuquerque – Oklahoma City – Atlanta.   We had wanted to go to Yellowstone NP but we couldn’t get accommodations, Utah went from second choice to an all time favorite place.

Big Road Trip #4:   Atlanta – Rock Springs WY – Grand Tetons NP – Yellowstone NP – Devils Tower – Mount Rushmore – Crazy Horse – Wind Cave NP – Badlands NP – Kansas City – Atlanta.   Leaving shortly!