Photo of the Day: Kauai’s Grand Canyon

February 10th, 2010

Kauai 500

Photo by Joseph C. Justice, Jr.

Watch our video tour of the island: “Kauai Counter Cockwise

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Winter in Alpine County, CA

February 6th, 2010

A trip to Alpine County takes you far, far away… deep into the sparsely populated California back country.


Link to Sorensen’s Resort in Hope Valley

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Take a Number: Trail Quotas on Half Dome

January 30th, 2010

Half Dome Alpenglow 500

– Carl Bidleman

There’s an old saying that we are “loving our parks to death” and it’s certainly true that during peak visitation times there are so many of us trying  to enjoy the natural wonders of our western parks that we get in the way of the experience we’re seeking. The hike to the top of Half Dome is the latest example of this.  It’s rapidly increasing popularity has been causing traffic jams on the top of the world.

Two of OpenRoad’s good friends are experts on Yosemite and Half Dome and they have posted information about the new quota rules on their excellent blogs.  Check out Loyd Schutte’s Yosemite Blog and Rick Deutsch’s Mr. Half Dome’s Blog.

Then watch the video of Doug’s experience climbing Half Dome several years ago.

And if you decide to try it yourself, watch this video of tips from Mr. Half Dome before you go.

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Time to Tell Doug Where to Go

January 27th, 2010

– Carl Bidleman

California Highway 1 in Big Sur

CA Highway 1 in Big Sur, photo by me

We’re beginning to plan our episodes for season 2 of OpenRoad with Doug McConnell that airs on public television stations all over the country.  Got any suggestions of where you’d like Doug to explore?  Maybe a favorite place you want to share or some open road you’re anxious to travel in the future.  We’ll see what the budget allows and then hit the road.

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Pt. Reyes Elephant Seals — 1 Minute Vacation

January 9th, 2010

Watch our full videos on Pt. Reyes:

Pt. Reyes Beauty and Birds

Pt. Reyes Light and History

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A Sonoma Coast Foggy Day and Sunset

December 19th, 2009

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Klamath Basin Sunset — 1 Minute Vacation

November 14th, 2009

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Alabama Hills Sunset — 1 Minute Vacation

October 24th, 2009

Check out our full story on the Alabama Hills Movie History.

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Redwood Empire — 1 Minute Vacation

October 17th, 2009

Watch a couple of our videos from California’s North Coast.

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Jason Rides Again

October 5th, 2009

After a long work-imposed exile from his brilliant photography, our friend and advisor Jason Weisberger has picked up the camera and gotten back to it.  He clearly hasn’t lost his touch.  You can see some of his other work here.  Good to have you back, man.

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Muir Beach by Jason Weisberger

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