Joel's Journeys

Service Locations

Anacapa Island (Joel's Journeys #8)

Submitted by Bubbling Spring... on August 1, 2018 - 4:28pm

Here is an idea to beat the heat and escape from the crowds: take a boat ride to one of the Channel Islands. Island Packers offers round-trip boat rides to Anacapa Island for $59.00. The 11-mile trip leaves from Channel Islands Harbor at 9:30am and takes about an hour. You will likely see dolphins, sea lions, and even whales on the ride to or from the island.

Central Coast (Joel's Journeys #5)

Submitted by Bubbling Spring... on November 8, 2016 - 2:19pm
Image of ocean's horizon from rocky coastline

One of the most scenic areas of our coast is north of San Luis Obispo. The shoreline turns rugged as the mountains rise steeply from the ocean.  Abundant coastal fog in the summer months makes conditions suitable for coast redwoods to grow.  One of the best spots to see the redwoods is Big Basin National Park.  To get there drive the 101 to just south of San Jose and head west towards the coast. From Big Basin our next attraction is Point Lobos, which is just south of Carmel, on Highway 1.

Death Valley (Joel's Journeys #4)

Submitted by Bubbling Spring... on October 17, 2016 - 11:49am
Horizon with goldish colored sandstone mountains

The lowest point in the United States, at 282 feet below sea level, is Death Valley National Park. In addition to being the lowest point, Death Valley has the hottest recorded temperature on earth—134 Fahrenheit! Average rainfall is less than two inches per year, making Death Valley a difficult environment for plants to grow. This produces a barren environment in which the amazing colors of the rocks are highlighted.

Joel's Journeys #20 - Escalante National Monument & Capitol Reef National Park

Submitted by Bubbling Spring... on October 28, 2020 - 1:40pm
Waterfall formed by a rocky gulch with green trees below

This journey leads to one of the least crowded of the five national parks in Utah. Starting from Bryce Canyon National Park (blog #17) continue east on Utah Highway 12 to Lower Calf Creek Falls of Escalante National Monument.

Local Blooming Flowers Part Two (Joel's Journeys #10)

Submitted by Bubbling Spring... on April 22, 2019 - 5:00pm

The wait is over for the additional installment of pictures we pledged in Joel's Journeys #9. If you missed the initial post and all of the orange California poppies on display in it you can circle back to the link above and find them there right now. So grab yourself a Yoo-Hoo so you match all of that yellow, use it to chase down your favorite antihistamine, breathe deep, then take a gander at the splendorous panoramas of the dizzying heights near Mugu Peak. That's about as southwest as the VC gets!

San Jacinto (Joel's Journeys #11)

Submitted by Bubbling Spring... on May 14, 2019 - 12:57pm

If you leave Los Angeles and go east on Interstate 10, you will come to a pass just east of Redlands. On the north side of the highway you will see Mount San Gorgonio (11,500 ft.) and south of the highway is Mount San Jacinto (10,804 ft.). Mt. San Jacinto is a California State Park.  Here is a link to the web site.

Yosemite Falls (Joel’s Journeys #18)

Submitted by Bubbling Spring... on November 30, 2019 - 3:02pm
Half Dome at Yosemite

This blog will be the sixth about the Sierra Nevada. This time, instead of entering from the east, our journey begins from the crowded west side that over 90% of the public uses.  In order to avoid the crowds, it’s essential to enter Yosemite National Parks as early as possible. If you make the mistake of not leaving Fresno until 8:30am (even in April as your blogger did!) be prepared to spend considerable time in search of a parking spot. In addition to the crowds, Yosemite Valley frequently has temperatures above 90 degrees in the summer and forest fires are a real possibility.

Zion National Park (Joel’s journey’s #16)

Submitted by Bubbling Spring... on October 9, 2019 - 5:02pm
Image of a rocky canyon and horizon

This blog is about the fourth most visited national park in the United States.  Located about 163 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Zion National Park gets crowded for good reason as you will see from the pictures.

My suggestion is to arrive at the park as early as possible (8am or before) and to visit in the fall or spring.