The Great Lakes, The Fonz, More Bald Eagles, and New Friends

I was really looking forward to spending some time near the Great Lakes. Even though we told Rita and Charlie that these lakes are so big the look like seas, they still couldn’t believe it when they laid eyes on Lake Michigan. Our first visit to Bradford Beach in Milwaukee was ideal: the sun shining,…

The Mighty Mississippi, Bald Eagles, and The Mall of America

Our first stop after crossing into Minnesota from South Dakota was Pipestone National Monument, one of the most unique Monuments we’ve visited. “Pipestone” refers to a red stone that is considered sacred by some Native American tribes and been quarried for centuries to make ceremonial pipes. Pipestone, or a similar type of stone, can be…

South Dakota Dreaming

Compared to Nebraska, I felt more familiar with what we expected to see in South Dakota: the Black Hills, Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial, and the tourist attraction landmark of Wall Drug. Our expectations were exceeded: the beauty of the Black Hills, small towns with rich history, so much more to see…

Nebraska Was So Great It Gets Its Own Post

We’re in Minnesota now, at an RV park outside of Minneapolis. It’s raining. We had a brief respite, and I got to meet up with a good friend who brought me and the kids to an awesome bakery and even better bookstore, but it’s supposed to rain for the next couple days. On Thursday we…

April Will Do What It Wants

We’ve experienced our first real snow in the RV. It was surprising given that it’s the end of April, but not so surprising to people who live in northeastern Colorado. Back in Cortez, we were debating between driving down into New Mexico, or continuing north through Colorado. As much as I wanted to see Santa…

Kanab, Lake Powell, and the Mystery of Time

  We spent a wonderful week in Kanab, Utah. Generally considered a stopover point between the National Parks of Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, we found Kanab to be a small town with a lot to offer: gorgeous scenery, friendly residents, great food, and access to amazing outdoor opportunities, not even counting the National Parks….

Antelope Canyon Experience

If you’re not familiar with the name Antelope Canyon, you’d most likely recognize it from fine art photographs or ubiquitous screensavers: canyon walls in improbable shapes, textures, and colors that look more like billowing fabric than solid rock. Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon formed out of Navajo Sandstone, located in the Navajo Nation and just outside the…

Magical Bryce Canyon

Of all the National Parks we’ve been to so far, Bryce Canyon has had the biggest impact on me in terms of expectations vs. reality. I was familiar with photos of the red cliffs and unique rock formations, but honestly after being so impressed with Grand Canyon and Zion Canyon – all part of the same…

Bagpipes and Ziplines and Red Rocks

March 23 – We arrived at Bryce Canyon National Park yesterday, and I’m so blown away by it that it’s hard to focus on where we were before. We’re having some exciting weather here – thunder and lightning, hail and snow – with a couple of lulls to get to see the canyon (which isn’t…

Out of California and Back on the Road

  I’ll be posting more frequently with updates and photos now that we are on the move again. (I’ll note that since the last post was Part I about Cabot’s Pueblo, I’ll be back for one final entry about my new favorite person and place once I get photos uploaded from the camera.) After a…

Cabot’s Pueblo Museum – Part I

In the last blog post I shared a couple pictures of Cabot’s Pueblo Museum in Desert Hot Springs, an incredible place that happened to be just 10 minutes away from our RV park. I’m kind of obsessed, and went back more than once to take the excellent guided tour, and a lot of photos. The…

Desert Living

  We’ve had an unusually social few weeks in San Diego and Palm Springs, with family and friends in town from the East Coast and local friends visiting the area. It’s been wonderful to spend time with everyone, and good for all of us to have so much social interaction. Especially for Chris and me….