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Solo Trips and Tips blog posts and photos about traveling in the USA including road trips, hiking, kayaking, street art, graffiti, and more travel tips

Day Trip to Oregon Coast From Portland – Perfect Outing

Day Trip to Oregon Coast From Portland – Perfect Outing

While transitioning from nomad life in Oakland to nomad life in Portland I planned my road trip via the North Oregon coast. Since weather patterns caused me to reconsider my plan, I opted to take the faster inland route from Oakland to Portland. Along with an overnight stop in Ashland Oregon near the California border. […]

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Mount San Jacinto Park – Desert to Mountain Palm Springs Day Trip

Mount San Jacinto Park – Desert to Mountain Palm Springs Day Trip

Mount San Jacinto Park is one of the things I love about Palm Springs. You can go from the desert to 8,516 ft (2,596 m) elevation in the mountains within a 10-minute tramway ride up to Mount San Jacinto State Park. Visit the park for hiking, stunning views, a picnic lunch in the mountains, or […]

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Big Bend National Park Hiking Trails – Which are Best for Solo Hikers?

Big Bend National Park Hiking Trails – Which are Best for Solo Hikers?

During my second road trip to west Texas I wanted to spend some time hiking. Making a list of the best solo hikes to try at Big Bend National Park in Texas took some research. I started planning my hiking trips for my stay at Big Bend while I was in Alpine Texas – a […]

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Joshua Tree Day Trip From Palm Springs

Joshua Tree Day Trip From Palm Springs

Plan on making a day trip to Joshua Tree National Park while visiting Palm Springs and enjoy some easy hikes and scenic drives. You can really do a lot in one day at Joshua Tree. But I loved it so much that I visited two times, on December 13th and December 25th. Yes, Christmas day […]

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Hiking in Tucson Arizona Best Hiking Trails for Solo Travelers

Hiking in Tucson Arizona Best Hiking Trails for Solo Travelers

Tucson Arizona offers many opportunities for solo hiking with the option of desert or mountain hikes. Enjoying nature as well as more time for hiking were part of my decision to adopt a nomadic lifestyle earlier this year. I started out my solo road trip adventure with a couple of weeks visiting small towns in West Texas and […]

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Graffiti Wall Austin Texas – Hope Outdoor Gallery Graffiti Park ATX

Graffiti Wall Austin Texas – Hope Outdoor Gallery Graffiti Park ATX

I love taking photos of graffiti and public art while I am traveling and at home. The graffiti wall in Austin Texas has been around for several years but I only just stumbled upon the downtown graffiti art park last year. Waiting on an appointment downtown and killing some time I walked around Castle Hill area […]

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Port Aransas Texas Gulf Coast Pelicans and Bird Watching

Port Aransas Texas Gulf Coast Pelicans and Bird Watching

My solo road trip to Port Aransas on the Gulf Coast of Texas was planned around the whooping crane festival in February. I didn’t see any whooping cranes but I did see plenty of brown pelicans in Port Aransas Texas. I visited the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center in Port Aransas and was surrounded by some […]

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Big Bend National Park – A Solo Road Trip to West Texas

Big Bend National Park – A Solo Road Trip to West Texas

  I never gave too much thought as to why the West Texas park known as Big Bend National Park was so-named. I found out when I took my first solo road trip to West Texas in December 2010. The trip would take me from Austin to Marathon – Alpine – Big Bend National Park […]

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Zilker Botanical Garden – A Little Zen in Austin Texas

Zilker Botanical Garden – A Little Zen in Austin Texas

Zilker Botanical Garden is a little piece of Zen in central Austin. I often stopped by in-between client appointments to take a meditative break in my favorite Austin botanical gardens. To have an escape from a busy metropolitan area within the inner city is rare. Zilker is close to downtown but you wouldn’t know it […]

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5 BEST Hiking Trails in Austin for Cheap Therapy and Wildflowers

5 BEST Hiking Trails in Austin for Cheap Therapy and Wildflowers

Taking a mid-day break to hike a nature trail in Austin TX is my cheap therapy. I think only of the  exact moment I am in, walking the trail, exploring nature. Austin hiking trails are busiest during spring and fall when the weather is more favorable for outdoor activities. But you can enjoy most of […]

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Oldest Oak Tree in Texas – The Big Tree – Goose Island State Park

Oldest Oak Tree in Texas – The Big Tree – Goose Island State Park

The Oldest Live Oak tree in Texas, known as The Big Tree, lives at Goose Island State Park near Rockport Texas.  I paid a visit to the Big Tree in February on my way back from the coastal town of Port Aransas. This old Texas oak tree is amazing! Although the Big Tree is no longer the largest […]

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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – Bluebonnets and Hiking Trails

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center – Bluebonnets and Hiking Trails

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin’s southwest includes botanical gardens, hiking trails, as well as a research center including the Restoration Research Trail. After leaving Washington DC Lady Bird Johnson worked to encourage the beautification of Texas highways. Mrs Johnson’s passion for the environment and wildflowers eventually lead to the creation of The National […]

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