Even though the big in Big Bend National Park refers to a giant curve in the Rio Grande, it could just as easily refer to the park itself (bigger than the state of Rhode Island), the views (immense… Read More
Even though U.S. National Parks are largely closed over the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s National Park Week and time to celebrate America’s finest.
“Over the red lands and the gray lands, twisting up into the mountains, crossing the Divide and down into the bright and terrible desert, and across the desert to the mountains again, and into the rich California valleys.”… Read More
Every now and then, you visit a place that seems to have it all: Jaw-droppingly gorgeous surroundings, charming city streets, a fun vibe, and uniquely entertaining activities. Durango, Colorado is just that kind of town. At a population… Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.