NearandFarAZ

One sweet ride: The pure pleasure of Glacier’s Red Bus Tours

Have you heard the bit about the rock and the moss, and how they’re “lichen” their relationship? “Jammer” Carl has, and he rocked that joke (pardon the pun, but I think Carl would be proud) and a whole… Read More

Western North Dakota: More than just oil wells

For the past decade or so, it seems, each time I’ve mentioned my home state of North Dakota, I’ve gotten the same response, “Ah, oilfield country.” An improvement, perhaps, over the previous “Oh, don’t you just love that… Read More

North Dakota through new eyes

Growing up in North Dakota, I can’t say that I truly appreciated the beauty of the prairie. Oh, I loved being outdoors, and I regularly explored the acreage of my family’s farm. But to say it was beautiful?… Read More

Waterton Lakes: The ultimate road-trip detour

Canada was never part of the plan. As I was plotting my summer 2016 road trip, I had one major destination in mind: Glacier National Park in Montana. I spent the winter and spring dreaming of hiking the… Read More

Road-tripping solo: The joys and pitfalls

My trip by the numbers Days on the road: 15 Total miles: 5,275 Traveled through: 9 U.S. states, 1 Canadian province Temperature range: 46° F (East Glacier, Montana) to 101° F (Cheyenne, Wyoming; Williston, North Dakota; Pueblo, Colorado)… Read More

Life near a natural wonder? Make the most of it!

Having a playground of the world in your own backyard is pretty epic. I’m sure anyone who lives within an hour or two of places like Yosemite National Park, Oahu’s North Shore, or the Swiss Alps can relate:… Read More

Adding a little “spice” to the road

I like to mix it up when I travel. Luxurious 5-star one night; spartan tent cabin the next. On my recent solo road trip from Arizona to Sonoma, California, via Las Vegas and Yosemite, I had plenty of opportunity for variety.

Last-minute detours: The beauty of road trips

There’s nothing like the freedom of a solo road trip. On a whim, you can take a detour and end up on a whole new adventure. That’s exactly what I did while driving from Arizona to California wine country, via Route 66, Las Vegas, Death Valley, Yosemite, and San Francisco.

But Oficial, I don’t have 1,000 pesos! The highs and lows of a road trip south of the border

I know from experience that driving across the border into Mexico has its pros and cons. Usually, it’s all good for me, but on a recent trip, I experienced something new.